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3753 Cruithne

(Second Sun; US: 9 Dec 2006; UK: Available as import)

3753 Cruithne, for those who might not know, is the name of an asteroid that happens to share its orbital path with that of Earth. It sounds dangerous, that we would be sharing our orbit with an asteroid, but it seems that the actual path of 3753 Cruithne, its irregular orbit constantly influenced by the various celestial bodies that it nears, is in no danger of actually impacting earth for millions of years to come. This backdrop is perfect for the sort of patient, beautiful ambience that VCV supplies on their album named after this benign, fascinating asteroid.  Created entirely with guitars, the music is extremely appealing to the ear, the sort of stuff that fades easily into the background, enhancing the environment in which it appears. The drones stretch endlessly, the album lasts 79 minutes… honestly, all of the components of the prototypically perfect ambient album are present. Of course, the audience for this sort of thing is very much limited, which hurts its potential as the sort of thing that could break a band into the big time.  Perhaps that’s for the best—one gets the sense that 3753 Cruithne is better suited to being a hidden treasure anyway.

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Mike Schiller is a software engineer in Buffalo, NY who enjoys filling the free time he finds with media of any sort -- music, movies, and lately, video games. Stepping into the role of PopMatters Multimedia editor in 2006 after having written music and game reviews for two years previous, he has renewed his passion for gaming to levels not seen since his fondly-remembered college days of ethernet-enabled dorm rooms and all-night Goldeneye marathons. His three children unconditionally approve of their father's most recent set of obsessions.


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