Saturday, May 30, 2020
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Artist: Rudy Adrian (@)
Title: Coastlines
Format: CD
Label: Spotted Peccary Music (@)
Rated: *****
'Coastlines' is New Zealander Rudy Adrian's 15th album release and 5th for the Spotted Peccary label. This is my first experience with either, and although I've been reviewing here at Chain D.L.K. for quite some time, it seems as though there is always something new to discover, even if the project has been around for awhile previously unknown to me. As you might surmise, Adrian is an electronic ambient artist, and the title 'Coastlines' is self-evident of the music. Well, sort of but not exactly. This is not 50 minutes of water lapping against the shore or the ocean crashing on the beach. There is a little of that to set the mood, but nothing so prosaic or boring; you could get that on some 'Environments' album.

Being a native new Zealander Rudy has access to all of its unspoiled spaces and breathtaking vistas, so it must be a Godsend for creating ambient music, and perhaps that's the reason why he's so prolific. Over ten tracks on this album, Adrian explores various aspects of where the sea meets the land, and within the confines of the concept, he presents a variety of aural moods that are mostly placid, sometimes mysterious, often meditative and always expansive. Natural sounds are occasionally employed to enhance the ambiance, but not overused. The melodic content is somewhat subliminal and elongated (not quite "melambient"), perhaps not as amorphous as Eno's ambient melodies, but subdued all the same. I suppose there are parts that could be construed as "new agey" (the chirping birdies come to mind) but these are transient motifs in a much greater whole. 'Coastlines' is slow and sedate, but rich with textures and atmosphere. At low volume it would be great for mediation, and even promoting sleep with its luxuriant tranquility. Imaginative and and engaging, 'Coastlines' has a wonderful flow to it that will make repeated listening a pleasure.