Aidan Baker has been featured frequently on our website and with good reason. Not only is his music usually excellent but he's also one of the hardest workers in the world of experimental music. Whether it is Nadja, Hypnodrone Ensemble, Caudal or solo, he always seems to put out something interesting. I wonder if it's physically possible to own every single release he ever recorded. I guess not.
Anyway, 'Ecliptic Plane' takes me right back to where I heard mr. Baker for the first time, in a theatre venue in Antwerp, armed with only his guitar and an array of effect pedals. Back then I was mesmerized by the blissful soundscapes coming from the speakers. Elaborate ambient tunes revealed themselves and poured down on the audience like a warm summer rain. Now? idem dito.
Once again I'm immensely enjoying the soft, warm and soothing soundscapes which might as well be some of the friendliest ones that Aidan Baker ever recorded. The album is divided into six tracks but feels like one elaborate journey, or a gently undulating ocean of drones and soundscapes. The ocean-waves effect is mostly present in closer 'Heliotail', which is a pretty amazing piece of work.
So the verdict is quite simple: this really is a highly recommended album for everyone who's into drones and ambient, it definitely should have a spot in every Aidan Baker fan collection. In a way, it's more of the same but that doesn't matter at all when that 'same' is always excellent. So check it out, you won't be disappointed.