This is ambience on a large scale from Brock van Wey, the Bay Area producer who writes as bvdub. On this grandly titled album he shows how it is possible to think of small, shifting musical units in a big perspective, and the music responds really well to this approach on headphones. Often it creates a floating sensation, while on excerpts like ‘Footsteps Fade If Not Your Pain’ a delicate piano floats over the top. Meanwhile ‘Sparkling Legions Turn to Black’ uses a far off chant, conducting powerful emotions through carefully constructed foreground loops. The album works well in a single listen, creating a powerful atmosphere that washes over the listener on headphones, though equally it can reward the casual approach of dipping in. Music to leave your head in a calm place, whatever time of day you choose to experience it.
Ben Hogwood
5 out of 5