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James Johnson — Entering Twilight
(Hypnos hyp2024, 2000, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 2001-03-01

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This 66 ½-minute, one track CD reveals a style that may be part of the lineage of positive, gentle, cloudy ambient music that one finds on Steve Roach’s Quiet Music albums and in early Eno. It is a relatively low-volume piece of music with gentle, melodic notes resounding and fading in and out of the deep. It differs from a lot of the Hypnos catalog by being a lot more sweet than much of the abstract music on the label, an ethereal type of ambient drone music that is immensely relaxing to listen to. It more or less fills the space for an hour with bell tones, soft voice-like chorales and lots of resonant ambiance. The notes drift on the winds rather than work as distinct melodies, almost like MIDI controlled wind chimes. The title, Entering Twilight, is aptly descriptive, an album perfect for all-night repeat sessions.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 21, 2000 releases

Related artist(s): James Johnson

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