Steve Jansen - The Extinct Suite

Steve Jansen’s new album The Extinct Suite arrived yesterday, and I’ve kept listening to it on repeat ever since.

What a beautiful album. It’s absolutely fantastic and inpiring to me. I’ve always been a huge fan of David Sylvian’s more ambient recordings including Flux & Mutability, Plight & Premonition, Ember Glance and Approaching Silence (hence the name of my blog) - and Steve’s album fits perfectly into the collection.

What makes this and the other albums so special to me? Some people called them ‘obsolete’ because it’s already been done before by the great pioneers like Brian Eno.

This may be true, but standing on the shoulders of giants like Eno, David Sylvian and Steve Jansen have been able to go so much further beyond something that plays in the background or in airports.

Compared to other ambient music, these albums feel more organic. They create a warm, familiar atmosphere in which I connect effortlessly and follow along on a journey through audible fragments of memories, feelings, impressions while I forget about time and get the assurance that everything is going to be okay.

There is so much more but I can’t find adequate words to describe. One day I’ll need to assemble all these pieces to a day-long mix-tape :)