Ambient Bliss: Dorosoto “Sounds Look Similar”

Artist: Dorosoto

Title: Sounds Look Similar

Released: 2009

Label: I, Absentee

Format: 3” CDr (limited edition of 50 total)

Genre: minimal, ambient, abstract

I stumbled across this little mini-album on the n5MD Mailorder several years ago.  The project name intrigued me and it was the first 3” disc I ever bought.  Dorosoto is better known as Warren Kroll (Red Falcon Projects, Forrest), and here, we get a surprisingly warm and mellow minimal ambient masterpiece.

Many of the previous releases under the Dorosoto guise have gone out of print rather quickly.  Most of which were pressed on 3” CDr formats.  However, Kroll crams an amazing bit of beauty on these little discs, making each one memorable.  This one is no exception.

We have three tracks presented on this release.  The first of which is “In Planetary.”  It’s a quick fade-in, fade-out track but the subtle melodies almost drone in, like sunshine spreading across a landscape shrouded in night, slowly warming it up. This track gives way to the longest piece, “One Voice Dub.”  Warm synth drones over us once more with gentle ebbs and flows of cosmic, glowing sound.  It’s truly an impressive ambient piece that feels like it could have gone on for at least twenty minutes.

Finally, we finish off with “Amber Dub.”  This piece comes in a lower key but still packs a captivating sound.  This fits somewhere between space ambient and rich, organic ambient.  Kroll’s wizardry behind the scenes is evident here, giving this piece the finesse to stand alongside the likes of FAX label releases and FSOL.  It’s brilliant.  It’s a shame more ambient fans out there haven’t heard this.

Alas, this being just a 3” disc, it’s very short.  It’s very obvious that the tracks could have gone on for quite some time if given the chance, but what we are given, it’s great.  This fits in perfectly with the Ambient Bliss theme we’ve been working on here on the blog, and if you’re looking for something to really cool you down this summer, pick up a copy of this and keep it on repeat. Copies are still available here.  I strongly urge you to get this before it’s all gone.

5 out of 5.


About Nick H.

I'm a geek for music whether it be on vinyl, CD, 78 or whatever. My goal is to sniff out the greated music on Earth, specializing in the obscure. I make music myself as well, mostly ambient and sound collage (1 album out and a few remixes so far). I work full time as a professional mascot (it pays the pills) but will soon retire, i hope.
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