Released on Chile’s No Problema Tapes, Lucid Sound Driver’s “Serenading The Indigo Child” is not what might be expected from an ambient release. Rather than aiming at bland, generic Spa Music, Serenading The Indigo Child takes listeners on an inward journey, perhaps to explore forgotten feelings of childhood. Siding more on the drone than new age side of the ambient spectrum, Lucid Sound Driver’s latest album is an exercise in tonal experimentation. Every track has a sense of space (as might be expected from ambient music) that eases the listener in without putting them to sleep. “Dissociation of Self,” for example, speaks to a desire for examination of one’s way of thinking, hinting at the therapeutic effects of dissociation. “Walking Down Spiritual Corridors” is similarly vast in its sonic expanse, with glassy synths echoing off one another into the distance. This is an album best listened to with an open mind and a willingness to re-examine one’s inner self.
Recommended If You Like: Steve Reich, Stars of the Lid, Iasos, Vangelis
Recommended Tracks: 4 (E l e c t r o m a g n e t i c c o n c i o u s), 5 (Dissociation of Self), 8 (Walking Down Spiritual Corridors)
Do Not Play: None
Written by Mike Van Esler on 10/19/2016