I've saved this CD to be my final listen of the day before I hit the Hay and enter the land of nod… Ben runs the Gears of Sand label and has been releasing ambient music since 2004 under his Light Of Shipwreck and Paradin aliases.. This album has been two years in the making and it's immediately apparent that a huge amount of time and effort has been spent into creating these hazy, ghostly ambient pieces. Simply put this is extremely evocative, tender and beautiful soul stirring audio. A sublime and captivating journey that really gives me goosebumps. This is one of those albums that is so fluently articulated that you feel like it's truly a shared experience between yourself and its creator. This is something I find to be consistent with the labels output, transcending Eno's original ethos of ambient being sonic wallpaper, this is an emotional experience and so much more than mere background music. This music speaks to you and it tells a story. I really love the sound palette here and there is lots happening deep within the layers of immersive sound. It's the subtle details here that make for lush deep listening. Presented in a super smart looking digipak with lush full colour booklet with gorgeous photography. The first 250 copies come with a bonus 3" Cdr of unreleased tracks. Highly recommended.
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