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4 stars Steven Wilson displays symphonic cinematic mastery.

Atmospherics is a compilation of short pieces that are original compositions, remixes, and extracts of pieces from other Bass Communion albums for use in television and radio. Even though these pieces are short, each track has its own unique qualities (in relation to only the other tracks on this album) that result in a listening experience that isn't dulled down by stagnant repetition but is instead a fairly eclectic collection ambient atmospheres.

Compared to other Bass Communion albums, Atmospherics has a pleasant symphonic grandeur quality and a cinematic quality. Each track can easily create a guided imagery experience that takes you to a pond in the nighttime, a misty Scandinavian mountain with peering owls, an illuminated ballroom of an Elizabethan castle, and even treading water at sunrise as the fog lifts off of the ocean.

Of course, being ambient music, Atmospherics will likely not appeal to non-ambient fans, but fans of electronic music in general should find this audio scenery very pleasant and active enough to warrant concentration and emotional involvement. In the current Bass Communion output, this album is a great accomplishment and standout.

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Posted Friday, February 17, 2012 | Review Permalink

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