Exael belongs to a global community setting new standards of what to expect from an ambient record in terms of ingenuity. With so much lukewarm and forgettable ambient music doing the rounds these days, releases like their Collex EP don’t come around often enough – engaging and heavily nuanced, it pulled together influences ranging from dub to vapourwave with captivating results.
Collex materialised on West Mineral Ltd., the Huerco S.-helmed imprint with ties to Kansas’ equally compelling C Minus collective. It is around these labels that the aforementioned community has formed, and having recently made their C Minus debut with this cameo, Exael is right at the forefront, alongside the likes of Broshuda, Ulla Straus and regular collaborator, uon. If anyone likens ambient music to watching paint dry, point them in this direction.
Broadening their sonic palette to encompass a myriad of styles, the mix traverses cutting-edge electronics, oddball curiosities, drifting ambience and mutant rhythms. An exercise in sonic immersion, it’s still undeniably Exael as the ethereal, haunting, introspective and cerebral coalesce across its 77-minute runtime.