Various Artists

Elevation, Vol. 4

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The fourth annual entry into Earthtones' Elevation series of compilations features a number of the new age/ambient label's best artists and their best performances. Featured artists include Huston Singletary, Soma Sonic, Ikarus, Christopher Franke, Vox Mundi, Govidna, and a few others. Most of the performers offer two songs each, giving you a better chance to investigate their respective styles. As you'd expect from Earthtones, most of the songs are rather tranquil and sedate with an emphasis on atmospheric instrumentation that's primairly electronic in nature. Though not quite as impressive as earlier volumes, Vol. 4 finds Earthtones with a more defined aesthetic than in the past.

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