Contempstrumental Records’ electronica, experimental, and ambient, composer and producer based in United Kingdom, Natt Moore, has dropped his latest ambient track, “Drive”. It seems that the term “ambient” covers a lot of ground. There are the artists whose work tends to be more “musical” if you will, and those that create a “sonic landscape”. Moore manages to straddle and blend both, in his compositions. What’s on this track has the power to transform the consciousness, the very cells of the listener, while at the same time – centers the heart and soul. In an absolutely remarkable and unique manner. Where other composers fail at bridging the gap between “music” and “sound”, Natt Moore succeeds.
“Drive” is equally good listening to it as “sound”, as it is listening to it as “music,” and that’s a very difficult thing to accomplish in ambient. The track is an easily digestible piece and is extremely comforting for the listener. The low bass tone assorted with that air-like electronic arrangement give the listener enough room to settle in.
Yet at the same time the track is not static as it moves between varied rhythms and intensities. The movement between each sequence is palpable enough to seriously raise your ear instincts and at the same time allows it to be a smooth ambient listen.
An ambient track that grabs your attention is indeed a paradox, and “Drive” does not fade into the background. Most ambient compositions create a mood and settle on it. By contrast, “Drive” ping-pongs from one emotional pole to another.
It kicks off menacingly, with the eerie bass synths leading into a driving rhythm and then falling into a luscious lullaby before rebuilding its rhythm – a representation of the song’s changing texture. Brian Eno once stated that ambient music must be as “ignorable as it is interesting.”
“Drive” is not ignorable. You’d be hard-pressed to find an ambient piece this interesting. Much of this owes to Natt Moore’s melodic gift; he relies as much on drones to evoke beauty as he does chord progressions and even simple synth riffs.
Natt Moore’s knack for creating vivid imagery through instrumental music is in full force here, with a solid set of headphones the listener will be able to pick up on the subtle touches that really make “Drive” a special listening experience. As far as ambient singles go “Drive” is one of the more interesting listens that the genre has to offer currently. If you’re simply looking for background music, this is not your track.