Comments and reviews ....
Albums like this are very difficult to
review because what you get is a sound environment that most people
would be hard pressed, if you selected a point at random, to tell you
exactly where on the CD you were.
Yet there most certainly is progression in the sounds used, as well as
their intensity but as there is no
melody and very little added detail other than the drones, I find it very
difficult to orientate myself- which
might even be the point- you can lose all track of time. It is just a
personal thing but if I try and listen to
this all the way through (as I tried to for this review) my brain
basically shuts down. There isn't anything
for it to gets to grips with so it just meanders off in any direction but
without latching onto any thought
long enough to be of any use.
I know some people consider that pure ambient music such as this isn't
really designed to be listened to.
It is supposed to be on while you are doing other things - subtly
affecting your mood while your concentration
is elsewhere. This is a concept I find a little difficult to appreciate
but there is no doubt that I got some positive
feedback from customers concerning the first Phrozenlight album and many
of the comments I am making
about this album could also apply to that. The sonic palette used here
though is new so might well effect the
listener differently. In addition the first album was split into four
tracks instead of just one so the listening
experience on that album was not as intense as we have here. On one final
note, even though the title is
'Starlight', I actually found the album quite 'dark'.
David Law / Synth