Merkin Dream Merkin Dream

Down-tempo trip-hoppy chilliance from producers Kai-Wai Hsu and Brian Volk-Zimmerman. This album has a little bit of Aphex Twin Ambient Works Vol. 1 accents blended with lounge-y acid jazz styling along with Marumari-like quirkiness, making this a good, unobtrusive album to leave on while studying, working or cleaning the house. The coolest and most unexpected track on this CD is "Does My Hard Drive Turn You On?," an old Moog-style love ballad expressed via robotic vocals that uses computer parts as sexual metaphors. "Does My Hard..." is dedicated to all cyber geeks throughout the world. The Merkin Dream is chill-out music with some substance and wit to it. (Shadow)