Give it up for some finely crafted ambient music. Patrick McDermott, co-founder of Driftless Records with Joel Ford, has just released his debut as North Americans, NO_NO. At play here is a heap of pristine digitalia, melding samples and drones of all textures to craft ambient music that falls squarely outside of the well trodden realms of both New Age and komische. McDermott's approach is, if anything, one of a techno producer's, as evidenced by his modular structures and a timbral palette that ranges from squeaky clean to moderately scuffed.
NO_NO is out now on Driftless.