Review of Ocean Fire [12k1046]

Fail (.NET)

With two artists working in such neighbourly fields, it’s difficult to tell who contributes what. Tokyo’s Sakamoto is reknowned for pairing up with numerous artists from the electronic field. Whilst San Francisco’s Willits has made some impression with his regular link-ups with 12k boss Taylor Deupree. Sure, it’s dark, brooding and filmic like you’d expect, but it’s nothing more. There are no suprising twists or turns to elevate this from what I was expecting. The better tracks appear near the end of the album, when elements of drone creep in and shift the mood away from glitchy activity. As an album of ambient music though, it works fine; background / wallpaper / music to compliment furniture….just don’t expect anything challenging.

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