A Shadow in Time

William Basinski - A Shadow in Time
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2017 Ratings: #64 / 712
User Score
Based on 138 ratings
2017 Ratings: #127
January 20, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Musex, BMI / Label
Ambient, Drone / Genres
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Crack Magazine

With restrained repetition, Basinski’s work reminds us that life is a series of perpetual cycles.

There is so much in the stillness of William Basinski's music, layer upon layer of musical information that finds a richness of harmony and melody in the very immobility it often describes.

Created from damaged and decaying fragments of tape that an old roommate’s cat has partially chewed, Basinski initially reassembled them expecting to hear very little. Instead, what he discovered would end up becoming what is arguably his finest work since ‘The Disintegration Tapes’.

The Line of Best Fit

William Basinski has created yet another outstanding work of art with A Shadow in Time, an audio sculpture of serenity and bliss to begin 2017 and put what was a saddening year for music to bed.

A.V. Club

For the listener who welcomes the space to ponder those contradictory feelings, A Shadow In Time gives you ample room to explore.

Slant Magazine
Together, these two tracks show that Basinski’s technique can yield a wide range of results, something his career has proven beyond doubt but which his individual albums don’t always reveal.
Tiny Mix Tapes
It’s as if Basinski is fully addressing, for the first time in his music, the conflicts that come with being wracked with grief.
Even without knowing anything about Basinski himself or the climate in which he’s created his work, the listener herself would still be able to create their own world around it, such is the power of his music.
Drowned in Sound

Like scattered others through the annals of music history ... Basinski brings to his craft an understanding that music structures time just as much as time structures music. Among his most entrancing work.


His new album A Shadow in Time contains some of his strongest work since The Disintegration Loops introduced the world to the artist.

As ever, Basinski is a master at suspending time, and the album seems to flow by faster than the clock indicates. When it does end, you wonder if you've been taken somewhere, or if you've been changed in some way. The only key to answering these questions is to dive back in.
The Needle Drop

William Basinski returns with one of his most accessible and compositionally satisfying sets of drones yet.

Feb 5, 2017*
Reading an interview with William Basinski, I found that there is a huge difference between what I think this sounds like and what William Basinski intends it to sound like. That was what really put me off this album. I was so immersed in it and when I found out that it had nothing to do with everything I imagined, I was frankly pretty disappointed. I feel that Basinski failed to create a consistent picture inside the head of the listener by just saying that the loops are just, and I quote, ... read more
Jan 27, 2017
okay, but such high ratings. maybe AOTY = Ambient of the Year
Jan 27, 2017
No hay muchas vueltas para explicar la esencia que guarda la música de William Basinski, pero a pesar de eso, sin ser una especie de atractivo contundente, es asombroso como sus piezas capturan y despiertan distintas matices que tal vez desconocíamos o no habíamos tenido la oportunidad de haber experimentado – porque de eso todo se trata, de la experiencia.

Tal vez para muchos William Basinski no sea un pilar a parte en estructura, debido a la ausencia de ... read more
Jan 15, 2018
This is, without a doubt, the most approachable ambient album I have ever heard.
Jul 10, 2017
While it doesn’t reach the greatness of “The Disintegration Loops” series, “A Shadow In Time” admirably blends agony with purity and the result is an unmissable album for all ambient’s aficionados.

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Added on: January 11, 2017