Ambifauna is the second album by International Debris, a musical project by Ross Baker. The album follows February's Bathe in the Lights of Distant Cities on Metaphysical Circuits by expanding the sound dramatically. With a smaller cast of collaborators (Gregg Jackson on sitar and Five Minute Alone's Dimitris Avramidis on piano), Baker allows the music to move amorphously from track to track, melding lush ambient chords to abstract sound collages and occasional forays into skittering rhythmic sections. At all times the music is widescreen in sound, painting an intricate sonic picture of a densely populated landscape.
In his own words the artist says : My music is always a case of ebb and flow, and just as I stepped away from creating widescreen, organic electronic soundscapes a few years ago, to focus on creating intimate, lo-fi ruralist music under my own name, so I found myself in late 2014 feeling it was time to continue along the first path I set myself. Ambifauna is culled from around four hours of recordings made in the last four months of 2014. The sessions featured everything from abstract ambient to even a dubstep track, and it took some time to craft the final album from these pieces (the final mix is the sixth or seventh version of the album.) This was the first time in quite a few years that I'd worked on segueing the entire album together, very much influenced by my favourite group, The Future Sound of London.
The album features two collaborations: Gregg Jackson is one of my oldest friends, although this is the first time we'd worked together on a track in around ten years; Dimitris is my musical partner in Middlemarch, and I'm helping him put together his long-overdue debut album as Five Minutes Alone. Both collaborations were conducted via the internet.
In some ways, Ambifauna is a much delayed follow-up to Safernoc (released on FSOL Digital in 2011), taking everything I've learned since then and applying it to the ambient-techno-soundscape format I was using at that point. It is also probably my most intricately produced work to date and one I am incredibly proud of...