Various Pop Ambient 2009

Various Pop Ambient 2009
A growing trend in the ambient world towards Erik Satie-like neo-classical minimalism is confirmed on the newest instalment of Kompakt's popular series. The piano, or electronics made to sound as such, informs nearly half of the 12 lovely tracks. After Klimek's cascading clarion opens the window, little plink-y drifts waft in. Sylvain Chauveau's "Nuage III," borrowed from his recent Type Records release, is an august theme for wandering thoughts. As gentle, though with a slightly sinister undercurrent, is "Hindemith," courtesy of label boss Wolfgang Voigt's long dormant Mint alias. Even Tim Hecker, veteran guitar fractioner, vaporizes a piano theme into a sonorous cloud. Also fully infusing the full sound spectrum with watery ebbs is Marsen Jules, who has been relatively quiet after two masterful City Centre Offices releases. Unsurprisingly, the sequence of tracks turns the collection into a seamless work of quiescent art. Thumbs up to turning down. (Kompakt)