According to the biography, bvdub is the solo project of Brock Van Wey, based in San Francisco, California. During the last decade his music, ranging from ambient to deep techno, has received critical acclaim from many magazines, webzines, blogs and radio shows worldwide and he is now considered one of the most interesting electronic music composers of nowadays. All good and well, but for me, it's a first sight.
The album carries a story too, and seems to differ from his previous releases by constisting of short tracks instead of elaborate anthems. Each track represents a memory, a time in which he remembered the moment of a true story that took place in 2012. You can read the story on facebook or bandcamp, and you should. You should always read people's stories. They can tell you a lot about that person, in this case a talented artist.
Because yes, this is a great album where soothing ambient touches the regions of noise and of classical arrangements. The songs range from minimal soundscapes to somewhat melodic passages. Sometimes things take a dark turn, on other occasions the atmosphere changes into hope, nostalgia or sheer beauty. The whole thing somewhat feels like a cooperation between Brian Eno and Tim Hecker, or can at least be compared with it.
What I like most about this album, is the fact that every single track, which are all untitled, seems to narrate a certain passage in a deeply personal story. You don't really have to know the story to experience the emotions. Sometimes they're sad, sometimes they're uplifting and energetic, sometimes they are pure melancholy. Some remain in the background while others grab your attention and want you to listen to them.
Of course, that adds a lot to the variation of the whole album. That being said, this is a highly varied ambient record, created by someone who knows his way around sequencers and soundscapes. Here and there, it feels like the artist wanted to add beats and percussion but eventually didn't. Good thing too, this album is strong enough to be enjoyed without those, even for several consecutive listens. Yep, this one comes highly recommended.