Ambient Album Review: Place Language by Various Artists @RobGMacfarlane

Travel: Walks along the Water of Leith, Edinburgh

Sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy this one. It’s a compilation album inspired by the themes and evocative words in celebrated nature writer Robert MacFarlane’s book Landmarks. The book focuses on showcasing poetic landscape words, gathered from the dialects of Britain and Ireland.

Ambient Album Review: Place Language by Various Artists
Ambient Album Review: Place Language by Various Artists

The book Landmarks separates out words into types of terrain: Flatlands, Uplands, Waterlands, Coastlands, Underlands, Northlands, Edgelands, Earthlands and Woodlands.

I love to meander through these haunting and unforgettable landscapes around the world, while listening to spacey, atmospheric ambient and drone music. So Place Language immediately appealed to me.

The aural textures of this album are rich, deep and sonorous love letters to soulful landscapes. There is plenty of light and dark drone and atmospheric ambient that is perfect background music for all kinds of activities – writing, coding, walking, meditating and reading.

The liner notes of the album are written by the book’s author Robert Macfarlane, where he talks about how Place Language is all about his desire to rewild and reinvigorate the world’s sacred natural places.

Place Language by Various Artists

This is a heavenly and sublime jumble of soundscapes was made by 28 different field recordists and musicians. If you’re a fan of MacFarlane’s nature writing, or simply love nature walks or ambient music, I think you will relish this one. It’s truly magical.

Purchase Place Language on Bandcamp

Some wanderings of mine…

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18 thoughts on “Ambient Album Review: Place Language by Various Artists @RobGMacfarlane

  1. I feel like fans of ambient are each on an individual, life-long quest to find the most calming music. Don’t know this one and will give it a try 🙂


    1. Yes you are probably right about this. Ambient for me is like a good all-round background music for working, but its’ also good for reading and creating a peaceful atmosphere in our house. If you’re trying to get revved up or excited though it’s too slow for that. Instead will put on some rock, 80’s or faster dance music. So glad you liked this one Chris have a great weekend!


  2. I’ve put this book on my wish list — looks like it would pair nicely with Mary Oliver’s ‘Upstream’. Enjoyed some of the tracks — number two especially. Brilliant concept as well


    1. Yes it is a great concept, books and so immersive and to have an ambient soundtrack to them, it is such a wonderful idea. I wish more books had soundtracks like this!


      1. I have been trying with Garage Band to create some floaty soundscapes with morning sounds of Tui and Kea in the bushes and the rustling leaves along with some ambient beats…sounds nice but still needs some work!


      2. oh come on….are you taking the piss haha, it’s going to be a thing only myself and maybe the polish bear will listen to because I am not any good at making music lol


      3. Nice philosophy and very encouraging ‘just make something then ship it” I will take it and use it thank you


    2. I hope you like the book. I haven’t read it. But I read Underland, another recent book of his it was absolutely incredible. He is one of the best nature writers out there.


    1. The pleasure is all mine! I love your releases, all are beautiful and I would love to review more, I’m following you here and on Twitter take care


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