A collaboration not just between two American cities, but also between two nations (Germany and the U.S.), Cloudland Canyon and Lichens represent a kind of ambient supergroup. Chicago's Lichens (Robert Lowe) works with the venerable TV on the Radio, and Cloudland Canyon is another name of the trans-Atlantic duo of Simon Wojan and Kip Ulhorn. Consisting of one long 30-minute track, EXTERMINATING ANGEL uses synths, samples, and a number of other found and carefully placed sound fragments to create a deep-space science fiction haze. At times the album sounds like a static-laden lost transmission from a lunar probe, but live, organic bells reel things back to a terrestrial plane, lest the listener float away for good.
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