Fans of Brian Eno's more melodic ambient works should find this outstanding album a delight from start to finish. Two years in the making, Ambient Life (2003) is the clear winner among the small number of Diatonis albums released to date.

artist:
Diatonis

country of origin:
USA

style(s):
Ambient, environmental

decades active:
2000's

essential releases:

  • Ambient Life (2003, Diatonis Music)

Reviewed by Mike G

Fans of Brian Eno's more melodic ambient works should find this outstanding album a delight from start to finish. Two years in the making, Ambient Life (2003) is the clear winner among the small number of Diatonis albums released to date. It's quite unlike much of the dissonant environmental ambience that was coming from North America in the late 90's and early 2000's. American composer Stuart White has fashioned an album that's neither overly dark nor tuneless.

The defining sound is reverberating and slightly washed-out sounds from electric guitar and various keyboards coupled with found sounds, subtle environmental and vocal effects. Each disc has a different theme. Disc 1 is impressions of mostly man-made environments like "Ghost Town" and "Winding Road". Disc 2 is sonic pictures from the natural world ("Light Rain"). Disc 3 enters the realms of fantasy environments and string-laden electronic ambient, and although there's slightly suspect new age track  titles like "Spiritus Helios" the music itself is sublime. All up this is intelligent, spacious, accessible music and excellent value for a 3-CD set.

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