Here are brief impressions of each track. Keep in mind that describing music is hard enough, but ambience takes a vocabulary that I lack (as you shall see).
- The Ballad of Failure by The Boats - Vocals and a drumline are a not how I expected this CD to begin.
- Contrail by Kane Ikin - This is more of what I expected. Tonal but not quite droning, punctuated by plucked strings and other sounds, it floats to an unheard rhythm until, amid a pulsating crescendo, it simply ends.
- Cloister (excerpt) by Savvas Ysatis & Taylor Deupree - A richly layered and slowly building tonal structure. Wish I could've heard more than an excerpt.
- Saika by Illuha - Piano with background ambient effects and what might be plucked guitar. The sound was in the Eno "Ambient series" tradition, so much so that I couldn't distinguish between Saika and the sounds coming in through the open window (in a good way).
- In a Place of Such Graceful Shapes (excerpt) by Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer - A sense of minimalist, peaceful isolation created with guitar and effects. Alone, not lonely. Unhurried.
- January 18 2011 (excerpt) by Kenneth Kirschner - A discordant segue from the previous track. Bell-like piano that brings to mind Eno's work for the Clock of the Long Now.
- Moss (excerpt) by Moss - Woodwinds bring harmony to the proceedings with what's said to have been a live performance inside a church. The openness of that environment comes through in the recording.
- Iris (Familiar) by FourColor - Melody and harmony continue to grow in this guitar piece with a breathy vocal line.
- Schwarzchild Radius (excerpt) by Stephan Matthieu - Similar in structure and theme to Cloister above but wrapped by a low-end pulse and something on the high end that's almost vocal. I would like to hear more of this.
- Cascadia Obscura by Marcus Fischer - Bits of electronica punctuate the ambience.
- Meroo Forest by Seaworthy & Matt Rosner - The forest takes charge in this piece where tone is secondary.
- When I Told You by Murralin Lane - Vocals take center stage on this last track, riding on top of a warbling, rumbling sea of tone.
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