While the term “ambient” may conjure notions of laptop wankery and songs that could only vaguely be described as musical, Oakland sound and video artist Tana Sprague (a.k.a. Lissom) has impressively bucked those trends on Nest of Iterations, her debut full-length. Sleepy without being sleep-inducing, the album's sparse mix of field recordings, acoustic dabblings, and stark notes is bathed in a soft fuzz that warmly envelops the music's rather deliberate machinations. Nest of Iterations may be repetitive, but it's never boring. Next time you're looking to chill out, toss out your wave machine and put on a copy of this record.