One of late summer's hidden highlights, [B]The Big Chill[/B]'s festival in rural Wiltshire brought together the arty fringes of new-age techno-hippy culture...

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The Big Chill Enchanted 01

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One of late summer’s hidden highlights, The Big Chill‘s Enchanted Garden festival in deepest rural Wiltshire brought together the wild and the whimsical from the arty fringes of new-age techno-hippy culture. The atmosphere was grand, the spirit commendable, but much of the music proved a trifle anaemic.

Necessary or evil? A pleasingly small amount of knit-your-own jazz-house noodling and pan-ethnic polyrhythm patchworks. Instead, lots of superior ambient shimmering, luminous piano cascades from Harold Budd, a spectacularly unnecessary orchestral chamber music cover of The Orb‘s ‘Little Fluffy Clouds’, and oodles of summery frippery. Slight stuff, but mostly charming.