What does it sound like?:
This two cd set from the Sheffield instrumental four piece, subtitled Music For An Infinite Universe, doubles as both their new album and as a soundtrack of sorts to the long awaited and hotly anticipated PS4 game No Man’s Sky.
It comprises ten original new songs on the first disc, with the second featuring an additional six ‘soundscapes’, that form an integral part of the whole listening experience.
The music, together with a library of raw audio, will be used by the game’s music engine to create a self-generating soundtrack to accompany the gameplay. Having said that, the band have not let the game dictate what they can and can’t do. Instead, they have used the opportunity to further evolve their already groundbreaking sounds.
Unlike many soundtrack albums, this stands alongside their best work – chilled, transcendental, tranquil washes of ambient electronica vie with epic slabs of apocalyptic, pile driving industrial attack.
An ambitious album, both challenging and rewarding in equal measure.
What does it all *mean*?
Perhaps this is what forever sounds like, the sound of endless possibilities.
Goes well with…
Check out their previous half dozen albums – in particular 2013’s Wild Light and their 2011 soundtrack to the classic sci fi film Silent Running.
Might suit people who like…
Ambience, electronica, Mogwai, Sigur Ros.