Real Power lies in tranquility. After four Pop Ambient releases and a number of solo albums, our listeners are well acquainted with releases and understand by now that we are constantly breaking our necessary 'Will to Bang' and strive to come up with the most delicate ambient bloomers. Kompakt provides both thesis and anti-thesis at the same time. We do not wish to get too ahead of ourselves or nostalgic, but due to the disarming smoothness of this album, we ask your forgiveness for us softly sighing 'Oh My God' here. Japanese duo Pass Into Silence is the realization of producer Tetsuo Sakae and video artist Mayuchi, whom also is responsible for their graceful live visualizations. Tetsuo's music takes the listener into sound spheres of unfathomed purity -- heights we have only previously penetrated by Ulf Lohmann (Kompakt CD13). An otherworldly portrait of bells and whispers, Voices hauntingly recalls Elizabeth Fraser and the Cocteau Twins, but you can never tell if vocalist Yukari is a woman or machine. This is a bewitching album and evokes images of Oscar-winning anime master Hayao Miyazaki and the Chinese movie Hero by Zhang Yimou. Overall, Calm Like A Millpond through its audio and video, fully captures the warmth of Pop Ambient with organic visual elements and insatiable harmonies. For us, ambient is essential, though you may not find it necessary."
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Many have mentioned COW by The Orb being similar to The KLF's seminal Chill Out. Where COW evolves in one direction from Chill Out as a centre point, then El Reino Invisible could also be said to be a descendant but heading in a slightly different direction, ethereal shimmering synths blended with subtle field recordings. It may be a lazy comparison, putting it in the company of Chill Out, but I can think of no higher honour. I'm only disappointed that I didn't discover it two year's sooner. dominic edwards