Moby: Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep. (self-released, 2016)

June 12, 2016 at 10:44 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Moby: Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.

Moby: Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep.

Real talk: this is Moby’s best album in 20 years. Possibly ever. It’s 4 hours long and the shortest track is 17 minutes. It’s a return to the dark, droney, non-commercial ambient side of Moby’s work. This is the Moby that gave us “hymn.alt.quiet.version” and “Reject”. This is the type of Moby music creates for himself, not advertisements. It’s intended for sleeping, and I’ve certainly listened to it for that purpose (I can’t say I’ve listened to the whole thing while awake), but it’s so much deeper than just merely a sleeping album. It’s not “chillout” ambient. It’s dark blue, it’s nocturnal, it drifts and flows in slow waves. It does have some incredibly serene moments, but it’s way more spacey than anything else he’s ever done. I am serious, if you are a fan of the most deep-space ambient music and/or you’ve written off Moby a long time ago, this is a must-listen. Best of all, it’s completely free.

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