Equal Ways

Pieter Nooten & Michael Brook
Vocals - Alison Limerick
Album : Sleeps With The Fishes Label: 4AD Released: 1987

"By late 1987, Pieter Nooten had left Clan Of Xymox, but Ivo continued to be intrigued by the tapes Pieter would send him. He suggested a team-up with guitarist/producer Michael Brook, who had been working with Brian Eno as well as recording for Eno's Opal label. The result was a quiet album of fragile songs and dreamlike soundscapes entitled Sleeps With The Fishes".

“Pieter Nooten’s Sleeps With The Fishes is adept at taking what should be morose music and converts it into something resplendent. And it maintains that sad, beautiful sensation throughout its length. Not too many albums have such a perfectly-realized mood and atmosphere, one that draws you into its haunting world and stays with you long after the last song ends. But Sleeps With The Fishes is just such an album. And though some of its content delves into the Goth and ambient genres, it easily avoids the former's self-indulgent melodramatics and the latter's vacuousness.”

October 4th, 2008 at 2:46 am

I’m listening to it today, 21 years after its release. It is still a masterwork.
December 27th, 2008 at 6:33 pm

the absolute ambient album. music that makes you want to dive into your soul… all time classic, a masterpiece.
Scott Harbert
April 10th, 2009 at 9:09 am

My favorite ambient album. A masterwork that cries for a sequel.
Pieter and Michael created an ambient stratosphere all their own.
They compliment each other perfectly.
Scott Harbert
April 10th, 2009 at 9:10 am

A masterwork that cries for a sequel.
November 4th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

This album stands the test of time. An absolute masterpiece that deserves so much better than it received. This is an album that will never leave my collection.
Paul E.
November 10th, 2009 at 6:31 am

A “Must Have” companion to your early clan of Xymox library. This musical work goes far deeper than just ambience.


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