Mick Chillage – Infinite Perspectives

An album that is called „Infinite Perspectives“ starts with a piece called „Requiem“… what shall I expect from this strangeness? Well, Mick Chillage is no foreigner to an avid listener of ambient music.

„Requiem“ starts the album with ethereal choirs and lush sounds and sets the pace. No rhythmns and intimacy is what we are about to expect. The following „Not a soul for miles“ introduces a haunting piano, while the „Shores“ next are a sequence of changing pads in the same key. Tentative sequences enter in „Those last moments“, but are drowned, only to return in „Observing the Triangulum“, the first of three pieces to overpass the 10 min mark and the first climax of the album.

A short silence opens „A moment’s peace“, combining the lonely piano and the pads to open the second half of the album as an interlude. „Sunday afternoon“ takes it easy but is somewhat ominous – but you will drift away anyway. The last one is „Humanity“. In contrat to may expectation (a Berlin school sequencer piece) it is a drone, humming in all registers and building up. It ends almost suddenly, but no, there is structure to it and the end is logical.

All in all, a very quiet release, more on the drone side than ambient or Berlin school. Very soothing and calming, a good thing with a glass of red wine before going to bed, 8/10 rating.

Tomas Weiss – Zeitlos (Sleep Edition)

I’ll start with this one since it runs in my CD player at the moment. This is a CD that contains only one piece of about 58 min length. It is a long version of the title track „Zeitlos“ by Tomas Weiss, released as its „mother release“ on Weiss’s label el-culto.com. It is a beatless, rather mellow piece, stretched from the original 13:33 version.

It lies somehow between drones and subdued, very emotional ambient. A prominent feature are the sounds, which sound almost like a softly plucked string instrument, but not quite, accompanied by rich bass drones. This makes it a very elusive listening, with  almost familiar sounds guiding you into realms of introspection, boarding on sleep.

While it – of course – has not the immediacy of the shorter version, it is a very lush and pleasant extension that develops a quality of its own.

Indroduction

Dear readers and listeners,

welcome to my „ambient and drone music blog“. I would like to write about music of these genres I come across. I hope you enjoy my musings.

Just let my quickly introduce myself. I am in my 50s now, I live in Germany, and I have been listening to ambient and drone music for about 30 years now. Favourite artists include Steve Roach, Ashra, Ishq, and Mathias Grassow.