Pop Ambient 2005
||"Sunbeams" Peter Grummich
It is year five for the dearly beloved Pop Ambient series, and
we are fortunate to receive the gift of glistening jewels to start
the year off fully blissed. All the master craftsmen you know
and love from the Kompakt ambient clique are here yet again to
leave the bass drum behind and bring the warmth: Ulf Lohmann,
Markus Guentner, Peter Grummich, Triola, Andrew Thomas, Klimek,
DJ Koze, Thomas Fehlmann, The Orb, a classic slice of heaven from
Gas, yes GAS (culled from his 2000 masterpiece, Pop), and
a simultaneously sweet and haunting offering from the mysterious
Popnoname. The types of song structures and movements will be
familiar territory for those of you who own one, some, or all
of the PopAm series. If that is the case, or if it's your first
dabble, you will experience some of the most exquisite, enchanting,
and unbelievably LUSH electronic ambient pop soundworlds on this
Bubbling synth arpeggios, luxurious pink/lavender/baby blue/baby
yellow/silver/gold drones, textures, washes, smears, wisps, reverberations,
almost all the tracks are absolutely perfect, infectious,
satin pop gems. And, these tracks absolutely shimmer in their
epic majesty. The Orb's huge, cinematic opener "Falkenbrück"
(Falcon Bridge), and Lohmann's cavernous "Wasted Years"
have a soaring-through-a-vast-mountain-range kind of feel, while
tracks like Guentner's glowing, slowly shuffling "Innenfeld"
(Internal Span), and DJ Koze's "Hummel" (Bumblebee)
have a mesmerizing sprawled-out-under-hypnosis effect. One can
liken Grummich's "Sunbeams" to being submerged alone
in a sea pod exploring the oceans lit from above by countless
fractured rays of, well, sunbeams. Fehlmann's nebulous and utterly
amazing "With Oil" is like being stuck in the blackest
of pitch, then to rise triumphantly into the brightest of skies...twice.
These examples are only a fraction of the riches to be found
in this treasure chest filled with sonic gold. This fine collection
has been my essential early morn, dusk, AND nightcap listening
as of late. Can I possibly say enough great things about Pop Ambient
2005? Probably not. I am fully blissed out. Thoroughly bewitching
and highly recommended. [DD]
P.S. It would be nice to have some of the LADIES represent
inna pop ambient stylee, wouldn't it? Maybe next time.