Chris Russell: Destiny (Spotted Peccary, 2020)

March 29, 2020 at 10:48 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Chris Russell: Destiny

Chris Russell’s third Spotted Peccary release is a frankly astonishing set of slow-moving dark ambient pieces which make you feel like you’re gradually sinking into the chasms of your mind. It’s vast and filled with mystery, and while it could seem cold, distant, or foreboding, it actually ends up being incredibly soothing, especially as I’m stuck at home for an indefinite amount of time. This has definitely been some of my default “getting through all this” music, this and Burial. I feel like this provides the sort of replenishing and healing qualities that new age music is supposed to, but without the yoga instructor cliches often attached to it. It’s dark and light and glowing and strange and beautiful and it’s making me feel like we’re all going to get through this and it’s all going to be okay. “The Path Less Traveled” is the most memorable and probably the most Projekt-sounding piece here, but it’s all equally stunning, and all gives you that “slowly melting into eternity” feeling.

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