Perhaps that is what excites me most about these genres, the ability to turn ordinary evens into sonic adventures and journeys into either the unknown of the deepest regions of the self. Besides, it's perfectly possible to meditate on this kind of music and let yourself float along with the soundscapes. Finally, ambient and drone music usually have a mysterious otherworldy feel, something which always fascinates me.
Autistici is David Newman, a UK electronic music composer who is based in Sheffield (UK). With a wide range of instrumentation, field recordings and orchestration he creates gloomy drones, something eerie and sometimes warm, soothing even. 'Temporal Enhancement' deals with the perception of time and does so with great sense for experimentation. The traditional approach to ambient, including layers of soundscapes and subdued sounds, is enhanced by far away voices, haunting samples and quite a lot of silence, as in the stunning 'Habituation Of The Heart'.
On this album Autistici explores the cooperation between natural and man made sounds, which results in both familiar and obscure audio experiments. The music can be compared to the works of acts like Saffronkeira, Vladislav Delay, Zoviet France or even Dutch avant-garde mastermind De Fabriek. Especially 'The Grotesque Physicality Of Waiting' reminds me of the latter. 'Thinking Before Feeling' somehow also reminds me of a dark version of Gas, driving on a deep, repetitive beat and combined with a hint of O Yuki Conjugate.
People who know me, should by now know that in my opinion this is a fantastic album. I absolutely love 'ambient with barbs'. I love the continuous alternation between relaxing sounds and details clamoring for attention from the listener. So what else could I do than highly recommend this brilliant piece of work to any ambient faddist out there. Check it out, disappointment will not be an option...