Michael Sandler's Impermanent is a very interesting and thoughtful recording. With Impermanent, Sandler focuses on four tracks of slowly evolving guitar ambience, which in places is similar to the work of Jeff Pearce, only darker. The tracks "Dark Matter," "Space Dust," "The Ocean Floor," and "The Ghost of IO" are all masterfully done, and at times border more on the psychedelics of very early Syd Barrett-influenced Pink Floyd or the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey. While in places this recording goes kind of far out, it remains cohesive; there's always the guitar and a subtle contemplative state underlying whatever is going on in the foreground of the sonic tapestry. Impermanent gets a little experimental at times, but Sandler doesn't stray too far -- he takes it right to the chasm, and then pulls back. Sandler has created a very interesting and provocative series of sketches, and those who enjoy any of the aforementioned comparisons will certainly enjoy this disc.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Borghi