Part three of The American Dollar's ambient series.
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The American Dollar are back once again with another CD of their lovely unobtrusive melodies, opening here with some smooth epic-sounding synth drones as they launch themselves into a collection of songs where the first dozen’s titles are suffixed with “(Ambient)”. It’s all cinematic mournfulness for piano and shimmering synth and very occasional wordless female warbling and it’s silky, seductive listen, easing the mind-numbing drudgery of another day at the office with its soft tendrils of ethereal melody, always concordant and occasionally maudlin. Kim says, “it’s like sort of Dungeons & Dragons biker fantasy music isn’t it.” And it is isn’t it.
After these 12 ambient numbers there’s ‘Faces In The Haze (Film Edit)’ which is totally different from its ‘(Ambient)’ counterpart, which was the droney opener mentioned previously. Then there’s four more tracks closing off the collection which don’t have anything written in brackets next to them. They’re still along similar lines, but maybe a bit more post-rocky. My highlight ‘Far Adrift’ has some cool Inner Tube-y guitar heat alongside Plaid-esque electronic twinkles and more wistful piano, but that’s pretty much the order of things for all these last four. Relaxing, shimmering, melodic post-rocky electronica. Rather nice.
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