These two albums match each other very well, both presenting ‘classic’ dreamlike electronic-ambient music.
A lot of contemporary ‘ambient’ music is crossing over to acoustical improv, using piano and guitar, or neo-classical string ensemble.
But not these albums, since Wouter Veldhuis chooses to create his layered sound-fields using electronic means mainly. As an interesting result, these soundscapes have a nice ‘retro sci-fi‘ feeling.
A somewhat ‘old-school’, classic ambient sound, maybe, but that is meant in the positive sense: it does not mean this music sounds like 70’s krautrock or Tangerine Dream.
No sequencer patterns here at all, the compositions are deep soundscapes – unearthly and alienated.
Great “Music for Art Installations”, in fact!
These releases also demonstrate that it is quite difficult for any musician in this ‘niche’ to get out from under the radar. Wouter clearly knows that, so he decided to share “Satumaa” for free. In the end, it’s more important to be heard than to be sold (although that would be nice too, of course).
Wouter Veldhuis – The Endless Now