Keeping it simple this week…good old-fashioned straightforward drone songs, just like granddad used to play.
Honestly, it’s pretty easy to get caught up in overanalyzing what this type of music does, then forget to actually let it do it. So this week we’re stripping things back, just playing a few long, immersive songs that’ll take the listener to places only accessible through the mind. It’s an hour for dreamers.
If you’re the type to read along, here’s a few tidbits about each of the artists featured on this week’s show…
Though Brian Eno is considered a father of ambient music and its philosophies, his original work was in the world of glam rock, so it’s no surprise he had an extensive working relationship and friendship with the late David Bowie.
Though Alio Die (a.k.a. Stefano Musso) largely builds his songs from field recordings, tape loops, and drones, his instrument of choice is the zither.
Polmo Polpo also records under his actual name, Sandro Perri, and it’s not at all ambient! It’s a glorious amalgam of poppy world music. His album “Impossible Spaces” is definitely worth a look.
The Knife is probably the single group most responsible for getting me into electronic music. Everything they did is brilliant, and I’m not even exaggerating when I say that.
Robert Rich wasn’t always a musician; he got his start with psychological studies, which have heavily informed his artwork. He’s well-known for composing pieces to play to an audience as they sleep a full eight hours.
The Lost Day
Ambient 4: On Land
Time in Absence
Requiem for a Fox
Like Hearts Swelling
Trances & Drones