Groundbreaking ambient dance duo the Future Sound of London (aka Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans) is back with its first new studio album since 1996's Dead Cities.

Groundbreaking ambient dance duo the Future Sound of London (aka Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans) is back with its first new studio album since 1996's Dead Cities. Lush and panoramic, The Isness pulsates with the sounds of '60s and '70s psychedelia, which FSOL creates organically—utilizing live musicians playing real sitars, flutes, strings, horns, and more—as well as electronically. With song titles like "The Mello Hippo Disco Show," "The Galaxial Pharmaceutical," and "High Tide on the Sea of Flesh," The Isness gently pokes fun at, while simultaneously celebrating, head-trip music of yore. Vocalist/guitarist Cobain and producer Dougans are joined by a vast array of guest performers, from former Captain Beefheart guitarist Gary Lucas to master sitarist Baluji Shrivastav; the duo's sample sources are similarly varied, from Deepak Chopra to a friend's answering machine message. Sweepingly beauteous and mesmerizingly rhythmic, The Isness offers pleasures equally suited to explorers of dancefloors or headphones.—MM