Kenneth James Gibson Preps ‘Pop Ambient’ LP For Kompakt
Tony Montana may have said the only person he trusts is himself in cult gangster film Scarface but here at DT we have a slightly bigger circle of friends we have faith in and musically we couldn’t have any more confidence in anyone than we do German institution Kompakt Records. Put simply they just don’t put out rubbish; their love of music shining through whether it be through their releases like last year’s top drawer full studio efforts from veterans The Orb and relative newcomers Hunter/Game to their ever solid compilation albums such as their Total and Pop Ambient series.
Thus it was with great excitement that we received word that the Cologne based imprint would be upping the ante on the Pop Ambient front with the release of a series of original Pop Ambient artist albums beginning with the arrival of Leandro Fresco’s ‘El Reino Invisible’ marking the start of a new chapter in the illustrious label’s storied history. Two more stellar efforts from Thore Pfeiffer and Jens-Uwe Beyer have since followed with multi-faceted American Kenneth James Gibson lined up to deliver the burgeoning series’ next instalment.
Titled ‘The Evening Falls’, the album began life in Los Angeles two years ago but didn’t really begin to take shape until Kenneth made the move to a mountain community called Idyllwild, around 6000 feet above sea level.
“My wife and I heard the calling of the mountains for a while,” the eclectic beatsmith reveals. “We’d been getting deeper into meditation and nature and a slower way of life. There’ve been beatless tracks on many of my albums, but this is the first full-scale ambient album I’ve done… I simply needed to find the right focus.”
Set to arrive April 29th, we wish all ‘pop’ music sounded this good…
01/A1. TO SEE YOU DRIFT
02/A2. LONG GONE CANADIAN SUMMER
03/A3. FAILED TO INTERRUPT
04/A4. POURED SEMI SILENTLY UPON YOU
05/B1. A CONVERSATION BETWEEN FRIENDS
06/B2. LATERAL DECOMPOSITION
07. BROKEN THOUGHT
08/B3. WEIGHTY REPETITIONS
09/B4. THE ART OF FORGETTING YOURSELF
Photo: Kelly Johnston-Gibson