Mike Majkowski is not just a double bass player. He is an explorer, digging ever deeper into the
resonance of the instrument and composing elaborate ambient pieces. Neighbouring Objects, which is available on tape and as a digital download, is the fourth release by this Berlin based artist (who was born in Australia). Different from his previous releases, Mojkowski incorporates other elements like field recordings, bass guitars, accordion, piano and percussion to create an even wider sound.
There's two tracks on the album, both lasting for about eighteen minutes. Both are elaborate instrumental ambient pieces, driving on several drones and soundscapes while maintaining a warm, minimalistic sound. The result is a bit similar to the music of some guitar-drone artists like James Welburn or Aidan Baker but with a strong acoustic feel and a resonance that can only be created by this magisterial instrument.
As with all great drone-ambient albums, there's a gentle atmosphere and a continuous fading in and out of sounds. Here and these sounds create an almost melodic handhold, most notable in the returning piano in 'Carnival Of Decay'. In all, Neighbouring Objects is an excellent release of which no drone fan would be disappointed. Even some (dark) jazz fans will adore the sounds Mike Majkowski has created. This is simply a high quality ambient album.