Top Bar
Musique Machine Logo Home ButtonReviews ButtonArticles ButtonBand Specials ButtonAbout Us Button
SearchGo Down
Search for  
With search mode in section(s)
And sort the results by
show articles written by  
 Review archive:  # a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Robert Rich - Vestiges [Soundscape - 2016]

From late 2016 Vestiges is the most recent full length release from US ambient legend Robert Rich. And on the whole it finds him returning to the darker & more melancholic waters of his early work- to create a release that is both haunting yet sonically detailed in it’s unfold.

The album appeared in either the form of a digital download, or CD- I’m reviewing the physical version of the release. The CD comes on a six panel digipak, and this takes in very mood fitting photographs of barren misty landscapes & ruins.

The release takes in seven tracks in all, and these have running times between five and sixteen minutes. For the release Rich plays the following: Motm and euro modular synths, Haken Continuum, DSI Prophet 12 & Six, as well as none synth based instruments such as piano, Lap Steel, Ocarina, and flute. With the addition of subtle vocal work, and minimal field recording elements.

The whole album very much feels like the soundtrack for a reality out-of-time, or state in-between time. It feels like there are elements of ours & other times with in the sonic ambient flow of Vestiges, but they seem hazed, stretched & blurred- all to create a very tangible feel of loss, age, grief & melancholic hope.

The albums sound-setting is often detailed, yet always moody. Blending together elements of deep ambience, felt-yet never twee new age colours, subtle field recordings. Harmonic fragility via the use of carefully placed piano, flute & guitar elements, and a generally feeling  bleak cinematics. Clearly Rich has spent a lot of time working & fashioning each & every one these tracks sonic landscape. This is never just bog standard ambience, as every element here is masterfully placed & arranged to create the perfect immersive atmosphere.

Over the albums length the  mood & pace moves from lulling & bleakly mid-paced, though to languishing-yet slowly simmering. Onto  dreamy, floating yet sadly harmonic. Though to slightly angular & murkily drifting.

As with the best ambient albums Vestiges takes one on a  sonic journey, and it’s very much a rich & fully realized trip, which is primed for multiple replays & revisits. I must admit that the last few of Mr Rich’s albums have really left little or no impression on me, but Vestiges is a really keeper- and I look forward to returning to it again.

Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

Roger Batty
Latest Reviews

Robert Rich - Vestiges
From late 2016 Vestiges is the most recent full length release from US ambient legend Robert Rich. And on the whole it finds him returning to ...
291122   .Nightmare Symphony - Nightma...
281122   There Was A Fish In The Perco...
281122   Planet Shithead/Dosis Letalis...
281122   JAB - Out there In The Middle...
281122   Andrew Ostler - Four Drones ...
251122   The Residents - Triple Troubl...
251122   Expose Your Eyes - Everythin...
251122   Stolen Light - Square Wheel
251122   The Draughtsman’s Contract - ...
241122   Heron - Twice As Nice & Half ...
Latest Articles

Hastings of Malawi - Deliriously ...
Formed in the early 1980s, after the member's sonic dabbling’s on the early Nurse With Wound records, Hastings Of Malawi took a decidedly busy and deta...
231122   Hastings of Malawi - Deliriou...
011122   Raffaele Pezzella - Pursuing ...
111022   Fouke - Bigfoot walled noise
150922   Joe Sherlock - The King of mo...
230822   Sdug Bsngal - Some Scars Run ...
020822   The Night Porter & Slowgurn p...
200622   The Worse Album In The World ...
240522   Noir On Powerhouse Films - Fr...
260422   Schloss Tegal - Back To The ...
230322   The Residents - Fifty Years ...
Go Up
(c) Musique Machine 2001 -2017. Celebrating 16 years of true independence!! Mail Us at questions=at=musiquemachine=dot=comBottom