Long Ambients Two
Moby returns with a second volume of his long ambient pieces. Designed specifically to put you to sleep (hey! No jokes!) this nearly four-hour playlist/mixtape-of-an-album is, as with its earlier volume, in line with Max Richter’s Sleep.
In fact there’s not a lot to say about this – and this is recommendation rather than review. The stretched, flattened, gospel-waft of these 40-minute compositions owes obvious debt to Eno, Richter and Basinski. And maybe you don’t need more in your life – maybe you don’t think Moby holds a candle to those “serious” composers.
But as with the first volume of Long Ambients, I’ve been enjoying this as both a way to be sent off to sleep and the first thing to listen to in the early hours. For me it’s actually just as effective as ‘wake-up’ music.
And though Moby has partnered with a sleep-app to bring you this product the aim has been to offer something tranquil and meditative – Long Ambients (1 and 2) are available for free from Moby’s website as well as on all the streaming spots so you can grab, or connect with, the first volume and line yourself up a full 8-hour experience to alternate with Richter’s Sleep if you like.
In this mad world of internet hall monitors, virtual dust-ups and the uncertainty and lunacy of so many things grab yourself some auditory comfort. Whether using it for momentary relief before you submit to feathered retreat for the evening or as the turquoise version of white-noise when you assume your first yoga pose or find that nice quiet spot to rest at, one you never want to leave (“nah. Must stay!”) the mellow-tone drone-pieces Moby has made here could be your new bestie for a bit.