Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Dark Ambient Review: TOWERS

TOWERS by TOWERS is a cinematic, ambient adventure through a dark dystopian future.  It's Dark Ambient, which is a genre I've loved for quite a while, but still haven't explored as much as I would like to.  Dark Ambient being sub-genre of Ambient characterized by dark, dystopian themes which I personally adore.

The album itself is one of the best I've come across in the genre.  It doesn't quite rival 2814's masterpiece: Birth of a New Day, but it feels like a little brother to it of sorts, at least in the overall theme.

The album consists of four tracks: TOWERS I, TOWERS II, TOWERS III, and TOWERS IV.  Each one sort of blends into one another, and makes it seem like it's all one giant musical piece.  Each track is quite long, with the shortest being twelve minutes long and the longest being sixteen.

The whole thing all feels like one long walk through a cyberpunk city on a sad, rainy night.  It has distorted samples of rain, police cars, ghostly voices, and numbers of other things to help set the mood.  I think it does a good job of giving off enough of an air of purpose to know what it wants to be, but is also still vague enough to let the listener's imagination fill in the blanks.

I think what really makes an Ambient album good for me is when I forget I'm even listening to it at all.  If it lets my mind wander and go where it wants to, it's done it's job in my eyes.  And, from listening to this album, I can definitely say it did this well.  It's not overly complicated or showy, but it's still there, almost guiding your mind through your own imagination.

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