The music on this album gives me the feeling of the paradox that can exist within city life. There may be thousands, perhaps millions, of people in a city and yet it can be the loneliest place.
ThereвЂ™s a melancholic sense to вЂњColours Of JapanвЂќ
. The music is slow of pace, generally, with ambient textures (think Harold Budd) complimented with piano and synth strings. There are gorgeous melodic passages throughout (вЂќThe Heart Of A Powerful EmpireвЂќ and вЂњTemplespiritвЂќ for example) that sets this ambient album above many others.
I get the impression that the artist has gone to great lengths to create these carefully crafted mini-masterpieces.
The sign of a good album is when the listener can identify with the theme or story behind the music.
Certainly night-time listening material. And, as an added bonus, the final track is a haunting, whispered vocal piece. A little surprise end to a high quality CD. Recommended listening.