“Meditation III: Philodendron” by Past Palms Gives Voice to the Spirit of Ease and Comfort of One of the Most Common of Houseplants

Past Palms, photo by Nuria Rius

Ambient Music For Watering Plants is the latest EP from Past Palms. A clear nod to Brian Eno’s landmark 1978 album Ambient 1: Music for Airports and possibly to Stevie Wonder’s 1979 soundtrack album Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through “The Secret Life of Plants” for the documentary directed by Walon Green (and based on the book The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird), Past Palms utilizes textures and processed atmospheric elements with field recordings to produce a musical analog to replicate the emotions and outer life of fairly common household plants. The track “Meditation III: Philodendron” celebrates the qualities of one of the most popular and durable potted plants one finds in most homes that host such relatively domesticated flora. Its vaguely heart shaped, shiny leaves with gentle wrinkles from extending out from a central stem often found hanging over the edge of the pot in one version of the plant, a fern-like structure with distinct branches off the central stem in another. All lushly green without being overwhelming. Past Palms evokes how these plants bring a freshness to a room without being obtrusive with bright flowing tones and tactile arrangements that suggest ease and comfort. Listen to “Meditation III: Philodendron” and the rest of Ambient Music For Watering Plants on Spotify and follow Past Palms at the links provided.

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