In Ben Cox's "On Water", the artist combines the ambient melodic sensibility of Brian Eno and the melancholy moodiness of Jeff Greinke. Layers of warm acoustic sound envelop the listener. Some drone elements are present, and in a form evocative of the "original" drones-- sruti boxes and Tuvan throat singing. Intrumental sounds keep the attention gradually moving, swinging back and forth, never jarring it. "On Water" lands gracefully in the Center between East and West, ambient and drone. Recommended. --Thomas Park. 2014
John Kannenberg's new digital album "Cordolium" emotes maturity, loss and longing using field recordings, sometimes processed. Those who have followed Mr. Kannenberg may know that he is an expert at selecting and capturing sounds, and here he uses them to create a melancholy fusion between various musics. "Cordolium" does a good job of avoiding obvious hooks or cliches and makes for the kind of sounds that are best when listened to with patience and over a long period of time. I am sure we have all felt loneliness-- Mr. Kannenberg reminds us that, in that place, is a broad, sparse sound-- a beautiful music.
"Cordolium" both acknowledges and fills our solitude.