Review Summary: Ambient 1: Music For Wankers5 of 12 thought this review was well written
A good thing to do while listening to ambient or minimal music is to space out. You just let the music engulf you and forget everything else going on around you, the music is almost conducive to such an experience.
There's really not much you can say about an ambient/minimal album. It's just noises, but when you look deeper into the music you realize the noises represent more than they may seem. All music is simply noise, and all music is meant to represent something. The only difference with music like this, is that you have to look deep within it to realize exactly what is going on. Call it pretentious, call it wank, it is what it is.
Big Nig is the project of sputnikmusic user Frippertronics, and this is my favourite album he has done yet. The whole thing sounds just like the cover of the album would make you think it would sound like, simplistic, ominous, and dark. The whole album creeps with an eerie feeling of being watched. The feeling is quite looming, and gives the album an interesting combination of ambient and creepy.
The first half of the album is more traditional ambient, rising and falling noises, pitch shifted and stretched field recordings, and unrecognizable sounds. The second half sees a more experimental approach, with more of an emphasis on atmosphere and subtle changes more than anything else, especially on the track "Eno." In fact, at some points on this track there seems to be long periods of silence.
The last two tracks on the album feature strange harsh noises that crescendo and decrescendo, in a random and off-putting fashion. But my favourite track on here by far is the second song "Seventh Circle: Violence", the song starts with noises of breathing and then an extremely creepy "5, 4, 3, 2, 1", leaving you plenty of time to be afraid of what exactly it is that he is counting down towards. These alarm sounds start to build higher and higher, before finally going away. The build is one of the more interesting ones on the album and keeps you engaged throughout the five minute track.
All in all, this is a very experimental release. You're either going to love it, or hate it. It just depends on if you're willing to look deep within the music.