Review: Back in 1998, three Swedish friends recorded a fine ambient album as Notch and self-released in on CD-R. Two of these, Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad, would go on to win acclaim as long-serving ambient outfit Carbon Based Lifeforms. To celebrate the album's 20th anniversary, the duo has decided to reissue "Path". It's stood up remarkably well, with many of the tracks containing a smidgeon more psychedelic influence (think bubbling acid lines, in particular) and rhythmic shuffle than their latest, almost entirely beat-less work. If you've not heard it - and, let's face it, remarkably few have given its quality - we'd suggest checking out the clips ASAP. You won't be disappointed.
Review: Second time around for Carbon Based Lifeforms' sixth studio set, "Twentythree", which first surfaced on Ultimate Records back in 2011. It remains one of the Swedish ambient duo's most potent and poignant works, delivering dollops of weightless electronics and intergalactic soundscapes that slowly twist, turn, ebb and flow. The pair's subtle use of field recordings and sound effects adds extra layers of atmosphere and intrigue (see the feverish, drifting-down-the-Amazon vibes of "Inertia" and the chiming, summer-in-the-city hum of "Kensington Gardens"), while their ability to conjure vivid audio imagery from little more than elongated chords and sweeps is arguably unparalleled. "Twentythree", then, remains a triumph, albeit a self-consciously quiet one.