What does it sound like?:
This three cd set follows hard on the heels of last year’s In Dub compilation. This one, however, concentrates, as the title suggests, on the more ambient side of Wobble’s music.
Over the last twenty years, he has collaborated with a whole panoply of musicians, as well as working with his own outfits Deep Space, Solaris and The Invaders Of The Heart. This collection brings both strands together, at the same time combining studio and live material. The set gets off to a powerful start with the appropriately titled Passage To Hades, and this sets the tone for things to come. Wobble’s throbbing, earth shaking bass is the cornerstone throughout, but is fascinatingly complimented by ambient keyboards and guitars as one piece morphs into the next. Of particular note are his works with Can men Jaki Liebezeit and Philip Jeck, but you could make a strong case in favour of any of the pieces here. Although the studio work is great, showcasing a myriad of styles, for me it’s on the lengthy live tracks that this album really comes into its own – check out the closing pair of As Thick As Thieves and They Were Planning Murder and you’ll see exactly what I mean.
The booklet has some pertinent observations on the music by the man himself, as well as being illustrated throughout by his own paintings – obviously a man of many talents!
What does it all *mean*?
A good way to introduce yourself to this aspect of Wobble’s extensive catalogue.
Goes well with…
Other Wobble works.
Might suit people who like…