Milk and Honey
forthcoming on www.earplug.cc
If forced to pick out highlights from the last two Kompakt Pop Ambient compilations, it’s a good bet that Klimek’s contributions would shoot to the top of the list. An impressive feat indeed, given the consistent quality of music showcased. For his forays into the genre, Frankfurt-based artist/composer/sound designer Sebastian Meissner uses an instrument rarely explored in ambient music—the acoustic guitar. It’s a uniquely analog source that adds a layer of familiarity and emotive human comfort to the largely electronic soundscapes. The songs have a uniquely cinematic quality to them, best exemplified by album opener (Sun) Rise. Gentle, sparse string plucks are set against crackly, warm textures. It is, in essence, an audio evocation of the tender moment just a few seconds before sunrise.