Have I reviewed an instrumental album? Why am I asking you? Who are you? Who am I? Anyways, Loops & Loops Lost Thoughts. Does that count as I tie in, because I didn’t know how to introduce this and the title of the album is Lost Thoughts? Am I clever now? I do believe I’ve mentioned Loops & Loops before. Loops & Loops is Peter Bogolub a long time musician and producer who makes chilled out ambient, folk, and electronic music. He does instrumental albums, as well as some pretty catchy singles like “The River Don’t Want Me Yet” (well, catchy if you like dark shit). This is one of the former, conveying heavy ambient vibes and spacey tones similar to the works of Brian Eno or Steve Roach.
What I like about Loops & Loops’s instrumental works is that the heavy atmosphere delivered does not feel like it comes at the cost of melody or direction. Each instrument feels like it conveys an emotion, layering on top of each other and making something that lends itself to passive or active listening. Loops & Loops provides excellent sonic manipulation that drives the songs forward, even while it feels like you’re floating in place. This amounts to something that is not just interesting, but in songs like “Twilight” has a near drug-like meditative effect.
I feel like thought must have been put into the progression of this album. Its subtle movement from bassier to more mid and high range tones give the album an uplifting effect. Lovelier still, the final song “Snowy Day” appropriately feels like it’s gently letting you down to the ground after you had drifted up into space throughout the album.
Peter’s long time work as a musician makes itself evident in the craftsmanlike and subtle way this album is produced and constructed. I know ambient music isn’t for everyone, but I can’t imagine anyone complaining to find this on in the background, and I have a feeling, after a while they couldn’t help but listen closer. I think this is my favorite ambient work since Brian Eno’s Thursday Afternoon.
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