Boomkat Product Review:
Following on from 2003's The North Shore and 2006's Bajamar, Confluence is the latest in Danish producer Jonas Munk's series of ambient albums. There's a gulf of difference between this material and the kind of shoegaze-electronica of those well-known Morr Music releases from Manual - there's not a gated snare to be heard anywhere here - although this strand of beatless, freetime compositions retains Munk's ear for harmony and the same sense of warmth ingrained within the sound designs as you'd hear on any of his finest works. The title track is like a thirteen-minute blur, situating itself somewhere between the music of Sigur Ros, Harold Budd and Stars Of The Lid - full of slowly shifting, reverb-soaked grandeur. Elsewhere, 'Oracle Night' takes on a slightly darker persona, perhaps akin to Biosphere's field recording-laced sound designs, held together by looped phrases and foggy tones, and 'After The Rain' strips the sound palette bare to a gently echoing piano miniature, those plaintive, glowing keystrokes bringing to mind Goldmund's Cordruoy Road. Manual's ambient work never lapses into the realms of drone or minimalism, this is material that's subtle and steeped in ambiguities, yet it's also extremely musical in the most conventional sense - filled with slow motion melodies and identifiable instrumental components basking amongst all that sunkissed reverb. Highly recommended.