Wednesday, May 28, 2014

CASSETTE REVIEW: Long Pond “Rose Worm”

            While “Rose Worm” might have the qualities of an ambient, synth based drone power cassette, there are still aspects of it that make it stand out from the rest.    Though they may feel like little things to some, it is often those subtle differences which make the difference between good music and great music. 

            Throughout both sides of this cassette, Long Pond executes church-like organs mixed with brooding vibes that can also come out slightly wavy.  For reasons uncertain to me, this music reminds me a lot of Ancient Rome.   Granted, I’ve watched the television series “Rome”, along with other movies and even took Latin in high school, but I haven’t done anything within the last five or more years that would trigger this memory.

            The thing about this particular music and ambient music on the whole (I’d call it “mood music” but that sounds dirty to me) is that it’s not so much about what you hear.  It’s not about the rhythms and harmonies or how they are structured or with what instruments.   Truly great ambient music, such as this, will always make you feel something.  When it can sort of jog your memory to something you haven’t thought of in a while, then you know it’s definitely doing its job.  

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