The Future Sound Of London ‎– Environment Five

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Following on from the themes of the first 4 Environments albums, Five explores the space / time / dimension that exists when we die. The moment of departure. It includes appearances from Daniel Pemberton (BAFTA nominated / Ivor Novello winning composer), Raven Bush (Syd Arthur) and Riz Maslen (Neotropic). The Environment series originally began as an archive of previously unreleased recordings but Environment Five features thirteen all new songs recorded in the first half of 2014.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CD TOT 68 The Future Sound Of London Environment Five(CD, Album) CD TOT 68 UK 2014 Sell This Version
none The Future Sound Of London Environment Five(13xFile, FLAC, Album) none UK 2014
none The Future Sound Of London Environment Five(13xFile, MP3, Album, 320) none UK 2014
LP TOT 68 The Future Sound Of London Environment Five(LP, Album) LP TOT 68 UK 2014 Sell This Version


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February 21, 2016
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Environment Five, CD, Album, CD TOT 68
I enjoyed especially the third part of the series. This fifth one is similar as the the forth enjoyable, but no real innovation and too much overly intellectual song structures. Some of the track are quite meaningful others don't touch me at all. Not a comparison to their nineties works. There is no real deepness, no bursting compositions. More like a recorded jam session. I prefer the latest Subheim release, which transfers more emotions i.m.o..


October 23, 2015
referencing Environment Five, CD, Album, CD TOT 68
I´ve been waiting long for this album. Thank you FSOL. Five Points. ;-)


October 22, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Environment Five, LP, Album, LP TOT 68

Vinyl play FSOL.


October 16, 2014
referencing Environment Five, CD, Album, CD TOT 68

bullfinchart brilliantly reviews this album below, all I can say is this is for me the most accomplished coherant album from FSOL for some time - Up there with their classics, a real journey for the listener with plenty of twists and turns to keep the listener attentive - Lovely tunes and a firm favourite soundtrack to my daily commute - FSOL are back and I can't wait for the next installment.



September 22, 2014
referencing Environment Five, CD, Album, CD TOT 68
Over the course of the first four Environments releases, Dougans and Cobain gradually tipped the balance of old and new material in the favour of the latter, so perhaps it comes as no surprise that for the fifth volume, the band have recorded an album of entirely new material. Expanding on the wealth of new ideas and sounds found on the previous volume, Environment Five is the strongest release in the series to date.

The album, much like Environments 4, sees the band redefining their sound from ambient electronica to a more organic blend of acoustic instrumentation, psychedelia and classical-infused ambience; this time, however, the scale of the album is much more epic. Fittingly titled opener 'Point of Departure' builds up, almost post-rock like, from subtle beginnings to a rousing mix of violin, electric guitar textures and clattering drums, finished off with the classic FSOL staple of wordless female vocals. At the other end of the album, 'Moments of Isolation' is equally as impressive, based around a haunting piano motif, and reprising the violin melody from the opening track. Both pieces are among the best the group have ever written, and leave a lasting impression long after the album has finished.

Between these we find a typically diverse range of pieces, alternating between the sombre classical ambience found throughout the Environments series (with Neotropic's Riz Maslen on vocals and beautiful piano work from Dan Pemberton) and a range of new directions for the group. 'Images of the Past' recalls the spy film themes of last year's 'Cartel' side-project filtered through a melancholy ambience; 'Dying While Being Held' is full-on sci-fi soundtrack material; strangest of all is 'In Solitude We Are Least Alone', in which the band take what sounds like one of the mellower pieces from their Amorphous Androgynous psych-rock project and gradually feed it through an electronic blender, climaxing in a growling, writhing monster of sound. Throw in a choral breakbeat piece ('Somatasensory') and an avant-jazz interlude ('The Dust Settles') near the end and you have the full range of FSOL styles in one package.

What makes the album hold together so well, and what sets it apart from much of their back catalogue, is the sense of melody throughout. In recent interviews, Gaz Cobain has talked of the "euphoric sadness" that exists in FSOL's music, and nowhere is it more obvious than on Environment Five. The previous Environments series has definitely been pushing in the direction of emotional ambience (as opposed to the faceless '3D Headspace' of their '90s sound), and this album seems to be the culmination of that. For once, the album feels not like a soundtrack to some exotic location, but to a mindset outside of the physical realm - which fits the theme of the album exploring "the space / time / dimension that exists when we die."

Through the Environments series, FSOL have been allowed to reappear and reassess their sound, gradually and under the radar. With Environment Five, the band are triumphant in the final step of this: an entirely new album. A beautiful, haunting record that sounds nothing like their previous works, yet sounds completely FSOL, through and through.