This Oregon label has proved unable to put a foot wrong when it comes to sleepy electronica since its inception in 1997, with label managers Eric Mast and Eric Diaz effectively summarizing the blueprint for Audio Dregs' experimentation through this collaborative action, three years in the making. Two rather different musical personalities are at work here, with one's predilection for synthetic motion at odds with the other's concern with the organicism of electronic music. "Hotel," tucked away at the end of the track listing, best captures the idiosyncratic nature of the album. The track opens with fragmented bleeps that spike at the presence of an acoustic guitar loop, these elements not amounting to much on their own but the introduction of a lazy brushed snare, together with malfunctioning synth frequencies and a gentle hum of a bassline, takes the track to the stars themselves. A wonderful introduction to a splendid record label, or a magnificent addition to a seasoned ambient collection.
|Label:||Audio Dregs Records|