ORCHARD: Serendipity LP/CD Ici d’Ailleurs/Mind Travels
A collective of artists brought together by the label, of which; Aiden Baker is the only name I recognise. This did help somewhat when listening to the album, as I immediately could latch onto some of his input as a foundation.
When ‘Serendipity’ shines, it invariably is a result of the ambient tracks on offer; and these are more up my street musically speaking. However, a lot of the project revolves around a varied stream of musical apparatus; and freeform Jazz-esque improvisation and random fannying about will always bring about a pit of inconsolable rage, with me having to endure it in any shape or form.
It would be unfair to completely pull this apart though, as there are some genuine moments of musicality on here, that stand out regardless of musical taste. As stated before, when they catch an ambient wave, they really nail it. It’s just a pity the effort it took to listen to so much I dislike, to find such small moments of personal pleasure.