This debut album from Chicane, a project of electronic, trance, ambient, et. al producer Nicholas Bracegirdle is a winding journey through space and time. It’s ambient elements are numbingly atmospheric in a good way, while the relaxingly pulsating trance.
Early and Already There fully pursue the album’s namesake and alien landscape of the cover art. Once the ambient introduction fades away into Chicane’s seminal trance brilliance, the album takes on a distinctive Balearic shimmer. It is easy to recognize why the trance community holds Far From The Maddening Crowds as a pillar of the genre.