AmbiEntrance - Review by David Opdyke
Synthetic jungle-toms bubble
beneath the flutational strands that flutter into the halls of Elutherium,
where they are joined by chimes and choral entities. Decorated with the colors
of subdued-yet-playful keyboarding and bass, The House That Cugat Built (7:16)
stands on a firmly rhythmic foundation (and right next door to the dazzling
romp of One For The Grooveyard).
The elegant bounce of bass-driven
Waters of Assiyah (alternate version) precedes the delicate wash-and-tinkle
of Ariel Dane & The Seraphim Swing (alt. version), which, being perhaps
the mellowest piece, swings rather softly. Sorry, but the trumpet-esque leads
heard on By Serapis Bay are just too "elevator music".
In closing, the New Guru in
Town (3:20) bops into more-electronic areas, still entwined in faux-brass
riffage, electronic strings and happily thumping drumsounds.
Even if Richard Bone's alternate
realities sound a bit antiseptic, it's hard to deny the sheer catchiness
of their sample-spawned orchestration. Quiet music doesn't have to be listless,
as proven again by the synthmeister (without the aid of computers, of course).