Then again, it's a book about alternative music in which ambient and soundscapes indeed have a small role while the rest is occupied by drums, guitars and all kinds of different vocals. But enough about me. We're here to check out this split between Mixtaped Monk and Cousin Silas.
If your fantasy contains stories about fairies, elves, dark and mysterious lands, this album could indeed be a perfect soundtrack. The album contains nine songs, four each plus one cooperative track. The track alternate between the rhythmic and immersive Indian music inspired tunes of Mixtaped Monk and Cousin Silas' dreamy ambient soundscapes. Personally, I'm quite fond of that alternating approach as it gives the whole thing a narrative nature.
If I have to pick favorites, I think I'll have to go with 'Revelations' by Mixtaped Monk and 'Entangled' by Cousin Silas. The one is a stripped down post rock tune with focus on the piano and the other one is a gloomy soundscape that places the listener in the middle of a mysterious forest. Although, 'Daylight On Saturday', also by Cousin Silas, is a stunning piece of modern classical music. Eat that Olafur.
The cooperative track 'Awakening' is also a stripped down piece of music, this time nudging towards progressive rock. As far as I'm concerned, this duo can make more stuff together. Like I mentioned in my previous review (read), there is talent blooming here and guided by the skillful hands of Cousin Silas, this cooperation can reach intense beauty. So yes, my advice is to check it out. I'm sure many ambient fans will enjoy this stuff.