Ambient and drone musician, Steve Hauschildt, ex-member of the ambient and electronic band, Emeralds, is a master mind when it comes to creating these beautiful and illustrious images for the listener. Much of his music sounds like a late night voyage to the edges of the earth that even in the recesses of our mind we can't imagine.
The album, Where All Is Fled, is Hauschildt's sixth album. This album follows his gorgeous S/H (2013). On Where All Is Fled, we get a very similar sound to S/H, however, his new album is much more ambient and less drone influenced. In songs like "In Spite of Time's Disguise", Hauschildt shows off his ambient prowess giving the listener a gorgeous background of cooling and relaxing synths to go along with even a more gorgeous ambient sounding pad. This songs warms the heart to the point of overwhelming comfort.
Showing off his skill in the ambient field, Hauschildt knows how to create a beautiful atmosphere for his listeners, he knows exactly how to rid the listeners of any emotion of discomfort, sadness, fear, anger, or heartache. On the song, "Aequus," Hauschildt does just this by looping these echoing, digital sounds that are so serene it is almost like they create their own world of passionate longing and pure beauty.
Moreover, Hauschildt has the ability to make listening to his music a transcending experience. In the track, "Anesthesia", the synth has this perpetual washing sound as if someone is flying through the air and is fighting off a big gust of wind. This track is easy to get lost in as you find yourself wondering what universe you are in.
In songs like "Vicinities" and "Edgewater Prelude" they sound much more experimental than ambient even though they are just beautiful as any other track on the album. These songs sound like they could of been a cut on his S/H. They are much more digital and technical in composition than the rest on the album, but they still have an atmospheric sound that the rest of the album possesses.
The track, "Reflecting Pool" is probably the most diverse track on the album as it combines both Hauschildt's drone and ambient influences the best, introducing arpeggios and synths that make it sound as if one traveling through a tranquil ocean at night. The track is very reflective of Hauschildt's ability to incessantly prove his ability to make drone music and ambient music exist in the same medium. He can be compared to the likes of the band, Mountains, who did the same thing on their album Centralia (2013) and continues to do it today.
Lastly, on Where All Is Fled, Hauschildt does an extraordinary job of continuing what he does best, and that is making beautiful done and ambient music. His music has been consistently good over the span of his career in which each album he improves some aspect that he felt he was missing on the project that preceded it. His remarkable ability to create these universes through sound has made him one of the more dominant musicians in the contemporary ambient and drone music world.