This is very out of the box meditative work and needs time to get in to you. The level of experiment is very high. The first track ‘Traffic Ritual’ is way too complex to keep up with it the first time you listen. A lot of listeners will skip after three minutes. ‘Interlude’ gives more atmosphere with the soft piano tunes guided by barking dogs in the background. This is a very peaceful and good ambient track.
The third piece, ‘The Culture Working’ is almost twenty minutes of drone architecture testing our patience again. The soundscapes could be useful for a modern art exhibition. Interesting tones appear but without cohesion. The connection with the darker side of ambient comes with the mumbling at the back of the recording. The second half of the experiment sounds cooler than the first part.
This duo takes us in a contemplative state with ‘Interlude II’. Native Asian vibes blended with the returning piano from ‘Interlude I’ makes us dream away.
The last and longest trip is ‘Commercial Meditation’, which begins with an easier approach. A guiding bass with a jazz mood colored with clanking in the back, fills the first part. The sounds die in silence and start to revive with dry synth experiments. Field recordings minimize our attention but the bass line comes back in time. All previous melodies and experimental sounds are now fused together. In the end, the soundscape takes almost twenty five minutes, a guitar turns up. The finger picking navigates us to the end.
Suburban Solitude is an interesting recording but needs time to digest. t.r. hand & Glauber K.S. do test the perceivers’ patience with their audio research conductions. They must have enjoyed creating these sounds, we wonder if the hearers will bask that too.