Although Ryan Summers has dipped and dabbled in a variety of projects for decades including remnants of rock, folk and trance, Mr. Summers took an alternative route with his creations with the intention of healing his own woes stemming from insomnia over his latest project, ‘F51.01’.
The sophistication and eclectic ambient landscape rush into the hearts of listeners over the first track, “Beneath The Ice”, which complements the dreamy thought of frolicking through fields of lush green grass with an empty mind choosing to not succumb to the confines of time. An ethereal feels ignites over the magnificently peaceful vibe from the second track of ‘F51.01’, “Clock Works”, which serves as a testament to the time in which Ryan has spent dealing with insomnia and counting sheep rather than diving into the dreamland that is created through his ambient artistry. The manner in which the ticking of a clock is portrayed and percolating through each second of the track is stunning and provokes mindfulness with the manner in which individuals allow the rush of time to take over a simple state of being. Beautiful synth tones over the fourth track, “Well Tuned”, nourish your inner world over the soft humming that rings through your soul and stimulates a minimal and non-distracting mood.
The seventh track, “Solenoid”, serves as a dark personal confrontation when the level of insomnia that Ryan has reached is affecting him in a manner that is counteractive to his wellbeing. The subtle alternations and changes over “Solenoid” ring through your ears with awareness of the vastness of your surroundings closing in, which serves to compliment the dreary mood the dark track gives off. The album closes with the mesmeric work of ambient art, “Logos”, that leaves listeners feeling as though they are slowly yet steadily climbing out of the rabbit hole.
‘F51.01’ is the perfect ambient soundtrack for a long and lengthy meditation.