I read once that 'ambient' music can actually change your purchasing habits, so I often stick on Plateaux of Mirror when I'm walking round the aisles at Asda or Lidl. I don't know if that's affected my grocery shopping or not, but a bit of music does enhance everyday activities.
Sadly I've been confined to a smallish space since Mixing Colours was delivered. So this is a partial review, as I feel I've not road-tested the music yet. The other thing of course is time. You can't judge a record on a few listens. I found Music For Airports kind of airless and drab for years before it started grow on me, for instance. My initial review of that would've been basically one word: "Eh, what?". Ok maybe that's almost two words. Either way, it wouldn't have been a fair one.
So ... initial impression is that this CD (and its streaming version) will be getting played plenty of times in the future. So much here that I can't wait to get back to again and again.
Standout track for me so far is "Snow". I can't help listening to it without thinking of Harold Budd & John Foxx's "When The City Stops For Snow" and Debussy's "The Snow Is Dancing", but I think that's maybe a title thing. It's an incredible composition. One of those ones where you hear it first time, then have to rewind to the start just to check - was it really that good? Then it keeps getting better and suddenly you've played it like 5 times in a row.
There are moments on this record that renind me of Roger Eno's "Voices" as well as Brian Eno's "Small Craft On A Milk Sea" and maybe "Music For Films". But only fleetingly. This project very much sounds like itself. And I'm glad I bought a hard copy as it's a) got good artwork and b) isn't in a plastic box.
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