There is hardly ever much to say about an Ambient release. Partly thats a feat inherent to the genre which aims for the subconscious and the place where words end. Mainly though it is down to leagues of artists content with varying proven formulas careful to avoid shocking the listener with a truly personal vision. This is where Endurance differs from the rest of the flock and why it has been met with such an enthusiastic response. Sometimes it takes an outsider to make these kind of incisions. Starting out as a producer of Techno and House Irezumi tentatively began dabbling his feet in the cool waters of Ambient only to apparently discover his true calling in the process. Endurance then is the result of years of experimenting composing refining and of shaping a personal style which still caters to the desire of calming down listeners heart rate but also invites them for a deeper journey. Especially the opening tracks have a strong sense of yearning and unfullfillable desire to them as well as various conglomerated feelings of uncertainty and an inexplicable tension. Their wellproportioned softly rolling outlines make these tracks seem beautiful but because of their perpetually unresolved states they also convey danger and unease. It is like standing at the outer edge of a precipice: The panoramic view is breathtaking but watch your step! If the subtle inclusion of acoustic guitar rhythm harmonic suspense melody field recordings and vocal samples already hints at a varied approach in these early stages containing some obvious highlights with the weightless mantra of endurance #1 and the icey oasis phata morgana of endurance #3 the album takes its most courageous step just after halftime: Gentle majorchords bleed into a landscape of distant hollers and howls engulfing the listener with harmony and warmth. What might be considered kitch by some actually lifts the album to a plain of its own feeding from a careful exchange between suspense and release. While most compositions are built around a repeating chord scheme or pattern in some form or the other the technique does not turn into manierism. Instead it awards Endurance with the kind of hermetic atmosphere and recognisable audio environment all Ambient artists are after. In contrast to others however Irezumi has created a field of metaphors which extend well beyond the confinements of the genre and allows listeners their own path through his garden. Depending on their route they will all have different things to say about this release.