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Outside of the fact that it's a very pleasant listen, the thing to understand about Foltz and Lynn's third installment in their Still Life series is that it, like the disks the preceded it, is crafted strictly from acoustic instruments and found or constructed sounds. There are no electronics here, and yet the feel is of a lush ambient recording that could just as easily issued forth from a bank of synthesizers. The journey begins under the power of Foltz’s melancholy trombone, which to my ears pulls up memories of an old favorite of mine, Jon Hassel’s “Surgeon of the Nightsky,” with its slight avant-jazzy meanderings. Across its 45-minute length the music spreads, stretches and warms, evolving—or devolving, for that matter—into a brilliantly low-key and unobtrusive piece of work that gently prods the attention in places. It shifts subtly, elements smoothly swapping out to create new textures and ultimately paring back to a floating drone of gentle beauty. This CD doesn’t end as much as it dissipates. Foltz and Lynn have set out to create music that quietly co-exists with the listener, and they’ve quite succeeded here. In fact, the highest praise I can give this third volume in the series is to say that it makes me want to hear all of what came before.

--Reviewed by Hypnogogue