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- The Silence Was Warm Vol. 5 by Various
Another indicator that life is quickly slipping away from us all is that we are now up to Volume 5 of this popular compilation of ambient beauties.
The preceding four have sold very well and with a retail price of just £2.99, putting yourself in the mood for a nice sleep of a night has never been so cheap and easy. 14 tracks in total from a lot of artists I’ve not come across before but Home Normal boss Ian Hawgood puts in an appearance as does Cyan341 and Summer Night Air who I’ve heard a little bit about through the grapevine.
The opening track by Mullr is lovely watery ambience with cut up bits of sound running through the mix, the Summer Night Air track is very ambient with hints of the organic 70’s softness of Sir Brian of Eno, Ard Bit give us a lovely slab of Aphex Twin ‘Selected Ambient Works’ type prettiness married with some Boards of Canada style beats - quite lovely. Liking Cyan341’s ambient techno thump. Oooh Roel Funcken will jolt you awake a bit with some crashing beatwork but otherwise the vibe is relaxed, downtempo with a bucolic, organic feel to a lot of the tracks though Weave for example produce more upbeat skitteriness with nods to Winter North Atlantic and Squarepusher so its not quite the relaxathon I was expecting.
Nice work from the compilers - lots of nice underground electronic music to get your mitts on.
9/10 andrew 30th September 2014
Another excellent entry in the series! I have Vol 1-3 already and was surprised they put out more so quickly.
The biggest issue with Vol 5 would be that there's a few more upbeat tracks thrown in between the ambient mix, sometimes pulling you out of the ambient trance. Overall each track is excellent, each track being different enough from the last to keep you interested, but ambient enough it can still stand on the periphery of the room.
It is a very long album so you're getting a lot of bang for your buck on this one. Anyone who enjoys some modern synth-driven ambient with an occasional beat would do well with this in their collection.
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