Friday, June 11, 2010

Koss - Ancient Rain (2010)


For fans of: Gas, Markus Guentner, Yagya

An ambient album you can dance to.  Like the ambient artists of Kompakt, Koss likes to add a tempo to his soundscapes.  It is most definitely first and foremost an ambient album, and a very good one at that, but the tempo keeps it from sounding like a Brian Eno knockoff.  Rather than getting lost in a wash of hisses and waves, here there is more of a sense of being grounded.  While that may sound like it loses some of the beauty of ambient music, I don't think it does; the rhythm just allows the music to be more active if you want it to be.  The beats here are not too large or obtrusive and blend nicely into the sound.  Certainly one of my favorite ambient albums of the year, and I'm surprised at how little attention it's received. - Matthew Foster

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