As the age-old adage goes, there are some things you can count on in life, such as death and taxes. Well it looks like we can now add "a monthly new release from Milieu (Brian Grainger)" to that list. Following his Of The Apple and a handful of CD-R's from earlier this year, Grainger now gives us New Drugs For Nuclear Families Of The Seventies. For the most part, the Milieu catalog is divided into two camps: fuzzy, washy drone (Beyond The Sea Lies The Stars) and beat-driven ambient (In Hills Made Of Clouds). While Of The Apple could be seen as a true predecessor to Beyond, New Drugs clearly follows in the footsteps of the more upbeat Clouds. This is, as Grainger calls it, beat-based psychedelia. While I happen to prefer drone Milieu to IDM Milieu, there is no denying the beauty of Grainger's work. Although the word "organic" gets thrown around a lot in the post-BoC world of IDM, here the descriptor actually fits. In fact, it is this over-arching organic feel that permeates throughout every Milieu release, regardless of which camp it fits into. Any concerns of Grainger spreading himself too thin are quashed about 30 seconds into "Summer Honey". Thankfully, over-saturation does not apply to music this therapeutic.
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