Boomkat Product Review:
An absolute modern classic and the finest Rachel's album - made up of numerous recording sessions, field recordings and several large ensemble sessions with members of The Louisville Orchestra in the beautiful concert halls at Indiana University Southeast and University of Louisville .
Released in 2003, Systems/Layers was the fifth and is the most influential of all the Rachel's albums, its blend of delicate Piano-driven melodies, field recordings, string sections and found sounds has been imitated countless times by numerous bands- in fact whole record labels have been modelled around it. It was released at a time well before the likes of Erased Tapes made this kind of thing ordinary - yet no one has really come close to the same level of modern-chamber perfection in the almost 15 years since its release.
Basically - if you like Ambient music rendered in the most evocative and contemplative colours without ever becoming background music - this is a record you really should listen to.