This cd-release comprises two albums made in 1981 (“The Serpent”) and 1984 (“Abandoned Cities”) respectively. “The Serpent” is actually a 20-minute Ep containing six short ambient miniatures, taking off with some pedal steel guitar and treated piano on “Afar” followed by the drifting spheres and piano on “Wanderer”. There’s a desolate feel running through these quiet musical sketches along something dreamy.
Now we get to the more interesting part of this abstract ambient release. “Abandoned Cities” starts with the droning, abstract textural scapes of the depressing soundings of “Dark Star”, in which unquiet elements and symphonic pads make up a somber and remote atmosphere for about 20 minutes. The 23-minute “Abandoned Cities” takes this ambient minimalism even one step further, as one can almost feel the menace creeping in as we approach and wander through the scenery of a postnuclear cityscape and breath its profound sense of mystery.
All in all, through this experimental-oriented, highly atmospheric music one envisions both isolated desert environments and the beauty embedded in desolate cityscapes
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