Boomkat Product Review:
The spirit of the early ‘90s and The KLF resurfaces in The NRG’s lush, playful parodies of ’Stadium Ambient’, hailing a time when when your nan necked garys and rolled around in fields
““It's not the summer of 1993 and the boys were back in the UK after another successful but gruelling world tour that never happened. In the space of a few short years they'd gone from chill-out room nerds to globe trotting electronic wizards but the relentless live shows and studio sessions were taking there toll... their penchant for hard partying also didn't help.
The pressure was on from the label, "we need a hit LP! NOW!!".
The previous studio album, 'The Magic of Ancients", was universally panned, it's progressive vibes and dalliances with magic and Neolithic spiritualism was not exactly a chart winning formula, so armed with a sampler, a few synths and enough LSD to sink a battleship they headed to North Wales to work on what would become, unbeknownst to them, their fourth...well, out of the albums we know about... and final album.
In their new, temporary base, surrounded by the spectacular Snowdonia peaks, wild weather and mountain sheep, they set about not making an album that was absolutely devoid of anything even remotely radio friendly, in fact there aren't even any electronic beats on the album. It's just a 60 minute + Ambient journey that some would view as commercial suicide but would ultimately result in the biggest world tour they'd never done in 1994, which in turn would lead to the now infamous 'Live '94' album.
If Stadium Ambient had actually been released in 1993 it would have been on Christmas Day so in keeping with this festive tradition this re-issue is going live on 25 December 2022.
"Strap yourselves in and get ready to enjoy the slow motion thrills of the World's most laidback audio rollercoaster ride.””