"...an ambient experience" CD
Genres: ambient, drone rock
PO Box 212
Hicksville, New York
Mar 10 - 16 2003
a nice, guitar-based instrumental drone sound somewhat like that of Landing
and Surface of Eceon - minus the layers of fuzz - Icecake
has a style that's hard not to like. The four instruments
involved - bass, guitar, effects, and samples - are all used
beautifully, blended together flawlessly. A track like
"Pour Vous" is like a trip on a magic cloud; the chiming,
mystical guitar reverberates against the walls of your room, all the while
floating you off into a world of black and white film noir scenes
barely visible through a dense, purple haze.
"That Train Is So Spacy," meanwhile, has a somewhat
energetic, yet still relaxing sound. "On Soft Ground I
Sleep" also seems to relieve stress, feeling almost as if it's
taking a load off your back. This zest for calmness characterizes much
of the album, which can be categorized almost as a meditative
record. It's perfect for cooling down after a long day.
It's amazing that only one guy, Robert J. Kaminek Jr, is
responsible for all of the music, because An Ambient Experience's
full, beautiful grandeur has a very full sound to it.
Although some parts of the album can get a tad boring (like a
repeated part of "The Astral Body" that keeps playing a
sound sample of "the astral body" over and over), for the
most part An Ambient Experience... is a beautiful ride. One
listen and you'll know what I mean.
Fun Fact: Hicksville, New York,
where Supple Records is located, is a humourously-named town on Long
Island. Near the outskirts of New York City, it's the proud
location of everyone's favourite landmark, the Long Island Reptile
Note: Go here
to listen to Icecake's entire album in RealAudio.
7 songs, distributed by the
label, released 2002]