Zo Pilots

Saul Stokes

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Zo Pilots Review

by Matt Borghi

Saul Stokes' Zo Pilots is an excellently produced and well thought out excursion into the darker dimensions of the ambient music realm. Saul Stokes has created an excellent collection of tracks that are both provocative and evocative. One of the things that's really striking about Saul Stokes' work is that he created all of the work in this collection on homemade synthesizers, and his synthesizers, all of a very warm and very analog sounding, seem to be fashioned around making dark and contemplative ambiences that breathe with organic life. Zo Pilots is one of the earlier Hypnos Recordings releases, dating back to 1998, when the label was really in it's infancy, and this album verily speaks of the aesthetic of the label at that time. The work on this recording is stellar, and while you're not going to get one of those arpeggiated synthesizer workouts that you might be used to from other so-called synthesizer music, you'll walk away with a deeply contemplative recording that blends a Jackson Pollack-like splash of tonal color with precisely chosen timbre. Saul Stokes has created an excellent work and one that certainly plays out well.

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