I bought the wonderful debut record of Wisconsin's The World on Higher Downs. It took me a while to find it, but found it I did, and other than one major flaw, this record is utterly flawless. (To get that one flaw out of the way: the new CD I bought had a scratch on the otherwise wonderful "Ascension And," and not only do I have to skip that song, but I also cannot return the album, as I bought it from an online dealer who does not take returns on import titles. Damn.)
Aside from having to program that song out, Land Patterns is a collection of beautiful, epic ambient instrumentals. The songs are languid, but not plodding; they are long--all but "Waterpath Street" clock in at least seven minutes--but the length merely allows the songs to expand and flourish in a way that makes listening an enjoyable experience. I've listened to the record at least half a dozen times, and each time I feel the record passes way too fast. The songs are also rather quiet; if you're wanting music that is hushed and will allow you to relax and meditate, you'll find that here.
It's sort of a shame that this wonderful record is somewhat obscure; a record as good as this should not be confined to a Japanese-only release. Still, you can find it, and find it you should; it will soothe your soul and will please your senses.
Listen To: "Her Static Will"
Land Patterns is available now from Plop
Labels: Plop Records, reviews w, The World on Higher Downs