Mental Health Consumer

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Mini review:
Mental Health Consumer – Ambia

A collection of fuzzy drones, frayed and fluttering rhythms and often lovely, hazy melodies. A fair amount more colorful than its drab cover art implies. Score yet another one for the the DIY team. If I’d had this on tape during the nineties, it might have been one of my favorites. I’d probably have written MHC’s founder Brian Ruskin a fan letter. You heard it here first: obscurity is a virtue.



  1. Hey C. R.,
    This is Brian, “mental health consumer” – thanks for taking the time to listen to “Ambia” and for the kind words! MHC is my production alias, and i’m happy with the direction my music is taking…but the real pleasure has been working with Clinical Archives netlabel – they’re the ones who released the record and, true to the DIY netlabel ethic, promoted like mad! I was shocked that there are over 10,000 downloads of this in a week – probably more on the strength of Clinical Archives’ reputation as a source for interesting ambient tunes.
    yeah, the cover art is a bit, blah, huh? It’s from a photo of the shadows on the wall from my Christmas tree! Anything goes!
    Thanks again for the post and keep up the excellent blog! Interesting reads here!

    Posted by mental health consumer | April 20, 2009 7:30 am
  2. Hi Brian, thanks for the comment!
    I have long thought that it’s important for underground artists to listen to other artists in the underground and discuss what’s going on. This is something that happened a lot more during the cassette-trading days, when everyone wrote letters to each other, but much less so in this supposedly “connected” network of the internet. That’s why the blog that goes with my website isn’t just about my music, it’s also a shoutbox for cool music I find around.
    At any rate, thanks for making a cool and interesting album… The little blurb on the internet archive page about how you got into music-making reminds me of my own history.

    Posted by C. Reider | April 20, 2009 5:08 pm
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