The Haiku Project is a musician that is looking to further the ambient genre into something that is tremendously effecting while still being approachable by the widest swath of listeners. The album begins with “Atlantis”, an eight-minute track that feels to be a fraction of that.
The compositions are haunting, airy, and represent the earth and sky with little more than a synthesizer. A narrative is generated through the compositions on Flow that can be picked up by individuals that focus on what is issuing out from their speakers. Ambient noise and voices are utilized to provide something wholly different from the other ambient efforts we have received. I feel as if The Haiku Project are able to utilize this human component in a very unique fashion — there is a sense that the world that the act presents on Flow is inhabited and utterly vibrant with the actions of young and old, but the vocals (when they do appear) are subsumed into the instrumental composition.
This means that Flow showcases order in chaos, the organizational hand of humanity without showcasing the city or other civilized inhabitations. Flow is an album that ebbs and flows without much in the way of notification. This means that “Atlantis” and “Eternity” represent wholly different sides of the world, while the album itself seems to possess a greater overall cohesion than its constituent elements. Flow is available from purchase from Real Music (or those stores stocking Real Music’s releases) beginning on April 15th. The album succeeds as incidental music but listeners will receive a much more fulfilling experience should they really focus on the 67 minutes of compositions that are present here. Top Tracks: Atlantis, Eternity. Rating: 8.1/10