Set the volume low and prepare to drift off as you listen to, or rather, get surrounded by, The Great Schizm’s For the Ancient Ones. In four tracks of increasing length, the last being 25 minutes long, Anthony Bloxham sticks to a trusted formula of long, rise-and-fall pads in overlapping layers. His tones skew toward the warm and soft, with plenty of earthy low-end notes for that kind of in-your-soul reverberation. It’s quiet and contemplative, with spots where it rises up a little without ever challenging the hush of its own flow. After a number of listens, I find I enjoy For the Ancient Ones more the less attention I give it. Bloxham’s very good at conveying feeling through the manipulation of his tones and drones, and the quietness of it all is effectively soothing. It’s just that the delivery of it lacks some variation. That being said, I think that lack tends to work in its favor at low volume or as a background listen. This is the kind of stuff that will slowly fill your space and change the mood by slowing everything down; that’s when it’s at its best for me. Dedicating focus and really listening for an hour? Less so. For intensive listening, these tracks fare better individually. I’ve played them on my podcast and probably will again, because they do stand on their own quite well when blended with other things. I have always appreciated the sort of minimalist approach that’s at play in these pieces, but even minimalist pieces can vary. If you’re looking for deep ambient or low-volume music for sleeping or meditating, definitely give this a listen.
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