The Green Kingdom here sets out to provide the listener with the atmospheres of calmly drifting Harbor waters. He achieves this with calming suites of droning ambience that use both new-age-tinged electronics and fragments of acoustic instrumentation, all tinkered around with to provide satisfaction. Edition of 250 CDs on Dronarivm.
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Moscow would appear to be at the epicentre of this chilled-but-warming brand of classical-ambient, with a few slow-rock and jazz moves neatly slid in hither and thither. It’s the turn of The Green Kingdom (Detroit’s Michael Cottone) to step up and deliver some beautiful, calming and restful sonics on the ever-reliable Dronarivm imprint.
Cottone is set on evoking lucid, dreamlike seascapes and tranquil lakeside scenes for this, his Harbor record. It’s an unqualified success in replicating mythical geographies and the joyfully serene feelings you might expect from the sleeve art on the cd cover. Electronic sounds are layered hazily and hang as if suspended in a perpetual dawn. Piano, guitar and even a music box take turns to chime seductively over warm beds of found sound (‘Faun’).
The music inhabits its own sound-world where the light is ever so ideally suited to a hungover Sunday. Textures are set to shimmer and reflect the rays of the early day sun; never is anything overcooked. I believe I am impressed, but here I must leave you as it feels wrong to be this relaxed in this office.... Bang! There’s the crash.
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