Drift­less Am­bi­ent II Drift­less Record­ings ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - BRIAN KEANE

A call­ing card for its ros­ter, a plat­form for mu­si­cians’ side projects and a pro­file booster for un­signed artists, Drift­less Record­ings’ sec­ond am­bi­ent com­pi­la­tion is packed with left­field de­lights. In Me­gafortress and CFCF the la­bel boasts two artists who im­bue their elec­troa­cous­tic com­po­si­tions with an emo­tional depth. Jack Ta­tum ( Wild Noth­ing) pro­vides a couple of melod­i­cally rich, typ­i­cally time­less short in­stru­men­tals and The Canon­i­cal Of­fice by Matt Mon­danile hints at the Duck­tails and Real Es­tate mem­ber’s ex­per­i­men­tal in­ter­ests. But UK pro­ducer JSHUA steals the show; his doom-laden Ky­oto Re­alisms, made us­ing field record­ings from Ky­oto sta­tion, is mag­nif­i­cent in its pre­ci­sion and scale. Re­ward­ing and chal­leng­ing, th­ese 11 tracks point lis­ten­ers to pre­vi­ously un­marked at­trac­tions on the am­bi­ent map. drift­less­record­

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