One one hears of repressings of lost ambient and new age artists on respected labels like RVNG or Scissor Tail Editions, one usually thinks of airy synthesizer music and white label new age synth excursions. With Marc Barreca, whose 1986 album The Sleeper Wakes is being reissued on the excellent Scissor Tail Editions, is full of uneasy drones and tension filled passages that push back against this idea of Marin County easy living. “The Blue Gate” is a good entry point into these intuitive and deeply felt ambient passages that feel utterly timeless. 

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