Iasos - Angelic Music (1978)
One of the pioneers of ambient music, Iasos, is one helluva cheesy, hippie, New-Agey lookin’ bloke, but this early ambient album of his sounds bewilderingly amazing and is miles, miles, miles ahead of its time. It is absolutely unbelievable this stuff came out in 1978, because it sounds as though it could have been released sometime in the mid 1990s. It easily outshines everything Jarre has ever made other than Oxygene perhaps. Nevertheless, Oxygene sounds really dated in comparison as well, probably because of its phase-y string synth sounds that are all over this record and clearly attest to the period of time in which the music was produced. Angelic Music, on the other hand, is both drone-y in the vein of Brian Eno works as well as ethereal by virtue of it being drenched with delays, reverbs and all sorts of effects that endow it with its singularly angelic tone.