All is dark. You see nothing, you hear nothing, you feel nothing. A blinding flash in the distance, and countless bright lights are cast into the blackness like a colony of fireflies set free. You ascend upwards into a nebulous body of deep oranges and reds. You emerge from the top after passing through the galactic fog, and look down upon the vivid beauty. Looking upward, you see blues, yellows, greens, purples, and many more, and all just as beautiful . . .
I’m not certain if this is my favorite record of the year, but it’s the first one that’s had the nerve to make me shed a tear; and it’s an ambient record, wouldn’t ya know it? Where All Is Fled is the newest full-length from producer and Ohio-native Steve Hauschildt, a former member of the band Emeralds and a synth warlock. This record is a massive galaxy filled with lush worlds of progressive ambience, and I want to live in it forever.
Hauschildt’s ability to infuse his compositions with potent emotional content and ripe imagery is uncanny. Soaring synth arpeggios lay down the foundations by moving through entrancing melodic progressions, and sparkling tones ornament the glowing beauty with shimmering detail. There are powerful feelings woven deep in this music, but Hauschildt leaves it to the listener to fill the ambience with their own narratives.
Yes, this record made me cry, but it also made me smile from ear to ear, it made me move (Hauschildt decides to bring in a rare 808 kick drum groove on “Aequus”), it made me think about loved ones, and it made me sad to consider that many individuals may pass it over because it’s just “ambient music.” Give it a chance, and you won’t be disappointed. If you’re seeking progressive melodic ambience, this album is for you.
– stasi (@stasisphere)