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Floating Mind
"Deep Visions"
Urgence Disk Records
www.darksite.ch/urgences/urgences/


Somehow I've become our principal writer for ambient noise albums. I'm not really sure how that happened, either every one else keeps rejecting them, or I'm just really adept at spitting out industry terms like spacey, void, textured, etc. Typically, these things are either pretty easy to write about, or damn near impossible. Ambient is supposed to evoke or create a mood, and then just sort of carry you along with it. Some of it is meant to be in the forefront of your listening experience, where all other stimulus has been removed, and other types are meant to just barely be perceptible above the din of your other activities. These types work on you through a sub-conscious level.

"Deep Visions" would probably be of the latter type if it were a purely organic experience, but its odd mixture of hazy, watery landscapes trampled upon by robotic factories tends to simultaneously draw you in and push you away. The industrial noise, I think, is a little overdone at times; some of the early tracks need a bit more negative space, and often times it seems as though the removal of just one instrument would do the trick. "Stellar" has most of the industrial elements removed and is effectively mind-numbing as it draws you into its trance. By mid-album though, the levels of noise to wave feel pretty well-balanced, and the album becomes more of the distinctly engaging variety as I felt my level of nervous activity rise. By the time "Keep On Moving" hits mid-track, I feel like Kreck from A Scanner Darkly as he frantically tries to scratch all of the phantom aphids off of his skin and scalp. Not sure if that's a compliment or not, but it's pretty effective in creating an unnerving level of under-your-skin anxiety.

-JD

Track Listing:
1. Ambient Work
2. Extrem
3. One Day
4. Stellar
5. The Saturnday
6. Transformer
7. Voices
8. Robotik Life
9. Keep On Moving
10. Indian
So Deep


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