"There is a plague that is being called ‘Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)’, that is decimating the bee population. By the end of bee season last April, the commercial bee population had declined by 44%, as compared with 10%-15% in past years. While nobody claims that there is one singular cause for the loss of so many bees, most scientists and environmentalists believe it is a combination of:
• Loss of habitat, due to a variety of factors including pesticide use, mining and drilling, changing temperatures and weather conditions due to climate change that have restricted the area where bees can survive, as well as eradicated some food sources necessary for survival. Additionally, use of herbicides (weed killer) has reduced the available pollen and nectar bees rely on for pollination.
• A group of chemicals called neonicotinoid pesticides that are proven to harm not only bees, but other insects as well. They accumulate in individual bees and within entire colonies, including the honey that bees feed to infant larvae. Bees that do not die outright, experience sub-lethal systemic effects, development defects, weakness, and loss of orientation. The die-off leaves fewer bees and weaker bees, who must work harder to produce honey in depleted wild habitats. These conditions create the formula for bee colony collapse."
"With this album, Scott displays his mastery of the subdued minimal soundscape and paints a masterpiece in deep listening pleasure. Delicate low key nuances slowly weave their subtle way in and out of the gentle, calm almost dark waves of atmospheric sound that soothes the listener transporting them inwards into deep reflective meditation. Meticulously crafted and composed, this brilliant piece of work is without doubt my favourite release from Scott."
"With this recording Scott Lawlor reaffirms his position as a master of dark ambient music, a genre with a big cult following. On this album his music sits in between the abstract, mystical elements of Steve Roach’s darker work (“Colony Collapse Disorder”) and the chaotic, sinister aspects of Lustmord’s output (“Sub-Lethal Systemic Effects”). Lawlor retains his gift throughout his prolific output for crafting long-form ambient that gets under your skin and truly changes the mood of a room."
The Gateless Gate