Monday, May 4, 2020

Ambient Review: 小圈子

I'm back, and with a review this time!  Hopefully the two people who visit this site will be excited about that, I know I sure am.

Today I'll be talking about 小圈子 by 輕描淡寫, which is an amazing ambient album I came across on BludHoney not too long ago.  It's dark, depressing, and hopeless; basically everything I love in a good Dark Ambient album.  So, without further adieu, let's get into it.

小圈子 is a five track Dark Ambient album and, as far as I can tell, is 輕描淡寫's first and only work.  The fact that it is the artist's first work absolutely blew me away because honestly, this is up there with 2814's Birth of a New Day.  I'm not even joking, I love this album that much.

Now, not only is this a somber album, it's a cinematic one as well.  Every song feels like it adds on to part of a larger story, which is very difficult to do in any genre, but especially in ambient.  It gives me a hopeless, lonely, wandering feeling, like I'm a ghost floating through a rainy city at the stroke of 3 a.m.  The theme of rain plays a big part in this album, and the artist executes it perfectly.  They use rain sounds throughout the entire work, but even without these background noises I feel I would still get the sense of a dreary, rainy day through the music alone.

As many other fans of ambient, I find myself coming to the genre when I need a moment of peace.  Birth of a New Day will always be my go to, but I've found myself coming to this album very often as well.  It does what all ambient albums should strive to do and strikes the perfect balance of soothing enough to be played in the background yet interesting enough to devote your time to.

The final small point I would like to touch on is the cover art.  It is beautifully done, and simply raps up this amazing work in a nice little bow.  It captures the desolate feeling of the album with the starry sky, and the art style chosen for the face and placing of the album's title is simply perfect in my opinion.

I hope this review has inspired you to check out this album for yourself and, as myself and many others have done, lose yourself in it's somber embrace.

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