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Always good to see a nice pair of pylons on a record sleeve. This record consists of thirteen new recordings by the leftfield dance experimentalists. They have already released four in the environments series consisting of archive recordings but this is the first one to contain new stuff. They say they are exploring the space/time/dimension that exists when we die. Best not to think about it lads. Have some chips and enjoy yourselves. A few notable guests include Daniel Pemberton, Syd Arthur and Neotropic. Comes on vinyl and CD. 


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Environment Five by The Future Sound Of London
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9/10 Ilaria Customer review, 5th June 2015

Environment Five is an inner path towards awareness. There's an idea of multiple dimensions, a human potential still unrevealed /"Beings of Light" and a positive concept of solitude counterposed to isolation /"In solitude we are least alone". Something very sensorial to be experienced. A musical journey within the subconscious and pure identity of each human being. Even if there are moments of claustrophobic sound, air still circulates during the listening and the hope of "dying while being held" prevails.


9/10 Ilaria Customer review, 5th June 2015

Environment Five is an inner path towards awareness. There's an idea of multiple dimensions, a human potential still unrevealed /"Beings of Light" and a positive concept of solitude counterposed to isolation /"In solitude we are least alone". Something very sensorial to be experienced. A musical journey within the subconscious and pure identity of each human being. Even if there are moments of claustrophobic sound, air still circulates during the listening and the hope of "dying while being held" prevails.


10/10 Ross Baker Customer review, 22nd September 2014

After taking a ten year break to pursue their alternate lives as Noel Gallagher's favourite psych-rock outfit The Amorphous Androgynous, FSOL's return has been slow and, more often than not, confusing. When their long-lost 1994 album Environments came out in 2007, it was seen as part of the band's concurrent From the Archives series. Yet when they chose to continue the Environments series the following year, it became obvious they were using it to put out new material under the radar; only two new recordings nestled among archived pieces on volume 2, yet by 2012's Environments 4, the '90s material seemed to be little more than occasional samples and effects.

Still, it's taken until Environment Five for the band to stop hiding new material behind this 'lost album' tag, by going the whole hog and announcing this is 100% new material. Musically, it's a long way from the band's Virgin albums from the 1990s, bringing the various strains of their recent sounds together to form a rich sonic tapestry: the psychedelia of Amorphous Androgynous runs throughout the album, with regular doses of electric guitar and violin; the modern classical stylings of the previous Environments appear at regular intervals; and the whole thing is held together by the kinds of percussive rhythms and chunky analogue synths to be found by exploring their low-key alias releases on FSOLDigital.

As ever, FSOL's strength is tying such disparate musical ideas together into a cohesive whole, and Environment Five sees them doing this as well as ever. Held together by a range of alternately haunting and uplifting melodies, the record is a beautiful ride start to finish. It's the most emotional sounding FSOL record to date, eschewing some of their otherworldliness for a more direct, human approach. Instead of riding on the successes of the past, Dougans and Cobain continue to push forward, and the album is a triumph.


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