Astonishingly, it's been 22 years since Helge Tommervrag first donned the Mind Over MIDI alias. All these years on, he remains one of ambient music's most consistent performers, as this 19th album-length outing proves. Shorn of the usual self-indulgence that plagues the ambient genre, Soft Science boasts 14 short, spellbinding pieces that never outstay their welcome. Naturally, there are moments of gentle, drone-fuelled haziness, but also bold fusions of spacey melodies and ghostly chords, dystopian wind-scapes, bouts of intergalactic hypnotism and occasional nods towards zoned-out dub techno. As you'd expect, Tommervrag is an expert sound designer; it's this aspect that makes Soft Science such an intoxicating and mind-altering listen.
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