Local Record Review: Sloum from Costa Mesa
Tracks such as "Tenebrous Beats the Hunters Heart" clearly demonstrate the continual impact of Brian Eno's ambient work. There's something to the shuddering bass and floating tones often missed by the neo-New Age brigade, while the echoed piano on "Tin, On the Savannah" and elsewhere nods to Eno's sometime collaborator Harold Budd, so the wheel is not reinvented here. But Evans' fondness for environmental sounds, such as the seemingly random inclusions at the start of "A Box In the Middle of a Meadow," results in cool sonic flourishes throughout. The electronic bursts on the "Nowhere Is a Cloud in the Distance" nicely balance the blend of reflection and unease evident in much 21st-century bedroom experimentation.
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