Vale & Stone (Inner Islands)
Absolutely top notch electro-acoustic ambient from a young Australian musician who’s work reflects his deep interest in ecology. Vale & Stone has brains and beauty, with its twinkling melodies and pretty cadences on synths, bells, gongs, marimbas and slit drums given weight by thoughtful improvising and warm, vivid sound design. The experience is visceral; it feels like exploring a lush, mountainous island on a day where the sun never sets. Listening to this I feel like I’m back in the dreamy tropical atmosphere of Wanderwelle’s brilliant Gathering of the Ancient Spirits album from last year, though this one is grounded in classic new age sounds rather than techno. Whatever, if you’re into nature ambient then you’ll love this, bigly.
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