Ambient music must be "as ignorable as it is interesting." That's a paradoxical statement, for sure, but there's truth in Brian Eno's words, which appear in the liner notes of his seminal album Ambient 1: Music For Airports. Thirty-four years later, the manifesto rings true for Heathered Pearls, whose latest album is a nine-song collage of hypnotic and experimental sounds. The Polish-born, Brooklyn-based DJ, born Jakub Alexander, makes music that's as likely to induce sleep as a mild panic attack.
This isn't a bad thing. The repetitious, synth-driven reverberations in Beach Shelter mimic an ocean stirring and roaring in a dangerous loop, a sonic experience that's both arresting and lullaby-worthy. It's when the album takes a darker turn, going from chill and ethereal to foreboding and anxious, that it strays from Eno's cardinal rule. Those songs; are neither ignorable nor interesting, and perhaps best listened to with a Xanax.
Top track: Beach Shelter