Saul Stokes: Abstraction
He knows enough to put some consonant intervals like fifths or triads in the bass, which gives it a more pleasant mood than the usual "dark drone ambient." In fact some of his chords and textures show the influence of the "GreenHouse" sound, though without the lush reverb of GreenHouse's other productions. But as the title aptly describes it, any "musical" elements in Stokes' dronefest are "abstracted" out into rhythmless, humming wires of sound. A note or a texture will last for minutes, looped into mind-twirling patterns. Each piece is different, though they move from one to the next without a silent break. Most of it is rather soft, and not meant for the foreground; it is ambient atmosphere sound, though I'm not sure what environment it would enhance. I'll say this outright: you must be a drone aficionado to enjoy this album. If you don't appreciate the aesthetics of drone music, then this is not an album for you. Even if you are a drone fan, it is a bit of a job to listen to.
Record Label: GreenHouse Music