The pandemic has been a ripe blossom for creativity, even at a time when the rest of the world experienced stagnation, confinement, and death. In 2020, music, creativity, and the arts in general all grew with the advent of lockdowns and the absence of light. Matt Robertson’s ‘Enveleau’ (Subtempo, April 30) finds envelopment, peace, and ultimately gratitude in and among its surroundings, be it in the solitude of lockdown or out in the open. No matter where you are, you can be thankful for where you’ve been planted.
Robertson’s ambient sound and subtle, flexible electronics combine with organic techno to produce radiant and effervescent music. It’s benefitted from being in and enjoying its own surroundings; you get the feeling that Robertson loved every minute of creation and recording, pouring it all into every tweak and tonal transmutation.
I listened to this this morning as I was watching dawn sneak into the eastern sky, and I liked it. (It reminds me of Brian Eno's siminal ambient work Ambient /1 - Music for airports)
I’m planning on listening more today when I do more end of the semester grading.