18 Songs, 1 Hour 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Christian Fennesz turns processed guitar into gauzy ambient music; King Midas Sound pairs The Bug's heavyweight bass with reggae singer Roger Robinson's ethereal voice. The two acts' collaborative debut mostly focuses on the dreamier end of the spectrum, like the dubbed-out strumming and lonesome whispers of "Mysteries" or the gorgeous, shimmering drones of "Waves" and "Above Water." But the low end lurches to the fore on "On My Mind" and "Loving or Leaving," two beautifully doomy tracks that amplify trip-hop's melancholy by piling claustrophobic atmospheres atop skeletal beats and ghostly vocals.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Christian Fennesz turns processed guitar into gauzy ambient music; King Midas Sound pairs The Bug's heavyweight bass with reggae singer Roger Robinson's ethereal voice. The two acts' collaborative debut mostly focuses on the dreamier end of the spectrum, like the dubbed-out strumming and lonesome whispers of "Mysteries" or the gorgeous, shimmering drones of "Waves" and "Above Water." But the low end lurches to the fore on "On My Mind" and "Loving or Leaving," two beautifully doomy tracks that amplify trip-hop's melancholy by piling claustrophobic atmospheres atop skeletal beats and ghostly vocals.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Stepperiq ,

Ethereal

Another stunning release from Kevin Martin aka The Bug and co. Edition 1 is mesmerizing, hypnotizing, and totally engaging. Listening on repeat.

pinky royale ,

Where's Kevin Martin?!

I know it's not fair to have expectations about an artist's output, but I love Fennesz, and I love King Midas Sound. This release has none of the elements that make these artists stand out among the millions of recording artists out there. Where are the beats? This could have been called a collab between Fennesz (Lite) and Roger Robinson and no one would have been the wiser.
I got this on vinyl and, well, I don't see the reason for having ambient albums on vinyl. This is an ambient album. Nuff said on that.
I love all of Christian Fennesz's solo albums, I love everything Kevin Martin has done (God, Techno Animal, The Bug, etc), but this album does nothing and goes no where.
Both groups have had a pretty solid, multi-decades run of stellar releases, so we'll just call this one a misstep and move on.
But really… aside from one track that delivers (#4, "Loving or Leaving) and one track that kinda delivers, featuring Kiki and a bass-less, kinda generic trip hop beat (#2 "On My Mind"), this is a beatless album from a dude that is known for blowing speakers with some of the most brutal beats out there. It'll float some people's boats, I'm sure. But I'm gonna file this 12" away and wait for the next non-collab KMS album. Cuz when they're on their game, they crush more a** than an a**-compactor.

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