Published Oct 18, 2018Texas's Future Museums are back with another collection of post-rock-influenced ambience. Rosewater Ceremony leans comfortably toward the band's more abstract, spacey side, abandoning the rock-isms of past albums in favour of grainy, echoing ambient drones punctuated by gently bouncing clean guitar lines and stately synth swells and arpeggios.
Cascades of guitar notes drift through the mix, never taking centre stage, directing song structure or hinting at hooks; this is meditative background music more than active listening music. Repetitive and calm, it's not sound that's trying to call attention to itself, but nor does it fully melt into the shadows, so it's hard to say where it would fit in one's listening habits.
There's certainly potential for application in a particular type of cinematic context, but the emotional flavours aren't especially varied, so that would be limited. Perhaps it'll find purpose on study playlists, where its pleasant, vague insistence could keep the listener engaged without causing distraction or lulling into tranquility. (Holodeck)