As much as some of us would rather not accept the fact that we are once again being plunged straight into another winter, we might as well lean into the season and fully embrace it. Therefore, it would be helpful to listen to music that truly embodies this time of year. Jodie Lowther’s latest album, Skeleton Moon, is one of the best records to turn to for this purpose, as it feels as though the music itself was carved from polar ice with great love and care.
Being primarily comprised of heavily manipulated vocals and chill electronic tones, this ambient album makes you feel like you’re laying in a still forest, very late at night just as it’s starting to snow. The elegant “Moonfall” is perhaps the best example of this feeling, with its ethereal, blanketing keyboards and ghostly, near-whispered vocals.
Meanwhile, other tracks such as the opening song, “Lushizang,” are more stoic and frosty in nature, providing the listener with an absolute calmness that remains long after listening.
There’s also a subtle feeling of unease that lies just below the surface on various points of the record. This is possibly most noticeable on the awe-inspiring closing track, “No Space Between,” which features an eerily echoing, unaccompanied vocal that sings with both grace and a haunting sorrow. Lowther’s powerful performance here sounds as though she was channeling a profoundly wounded heart whilst deep within a cave of ice. To say the least, it is a moving end to an already striking album.
Residing somewhere between the works of Pantaleimon, Colleen and Brian Eno’s Ambient 4-On Land, Skeleton Moon will make the highpoints of the changing season around you shine even brighter while also revealing the splendor that is often hidden within its more grim features.