Maria Moles: For Leolanda (digital, Room 40, January 2022)

This record kind of straddles the boundary between ambient and new age. But in a good way! I mean, a Laraaji-without-the-chanting way. I read that Moles’s main influence here is Indonesian Kulintang music. At any rate, it combines various chiming gong sounds with electronic pads and washes, and it’s all rather beautiful. The most urgent segment is the first few minutes of the thirteen-minute In Pan-as, which has a rather insistent rhythm of sticks beating something-or-other: when the drumming stops, leaving behind just an ambient hum, it’s one of the most serene things I’ve heard in a long time.

I bought this from Boomkat. They call it Modern Classical / Ambient.

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