Megasoft Office 97

Megasoft Office 97

Various Artists

Chipie/Tinder

A respectably solid compilation of 10 ambient electronic tracks. About half the material here seems to fade into generic boops and hisses, but the remainder is outstanding and sometimes unique. Nova Nova’s “Bewildered” has some interesting piano that refuses to drop squarely into the beat, accompanied by the soft, motherly voice of someone named Elisa. “A Reminiscent Drive” features more oddly-timed instrumentation, this time in the form of a percussively chording acoustic guitar. Overall, a soothing listen and occasionally engrossing listen — isn’t that what’s its all about? Tinder Records, 619 Martin Ave., Unit 1, Rohnert Park, CA 94928; http://worldmusic.com/tinder

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