It’s actually not all that tempting to write something about each of these ambient masterpieces, because ambient (or drone or classical or experimental or however else you personally choose to label such music) as a positive listening experience depends on the listener’s mood and what they hope to get out of it, as much as on the artist’s intentions, and so it all tends to get a bit pretentious really quickly. I’d be talking about ‘washes of sound like warm water on your hands after a walk on a winter’s day’and ‘the echo of distant galaxies sliding across one another to dissolution’ before you could click Play on the first track.
So, instead, here they are – my current favourite five ambient/drone/call it what you will tracks on bandcamp.
Stars of the Lid – Dopamine Clouds over Craven Cottage
Rameses III – When the Phone goes Dead
Tim Hecker – Obsidian Counterpoint
David Colohan – Arc of a Snowfall III
Caught in the Wake Forever – To Wild Flowers Forgotten