Psybient in all its forms seems to be roughly about 20 years old. Since initial downtempo/midtempo-goa tracks there has been countless micro genres splintering off and becoming what we know as psybient today. But is it still growing and getting better, or have the glory days past?
Were there ever 'golden years'? How about 'golden' albums - a period which contained the most innovation, substance and bounty? Most genres I observe have a noticeable peak and trough; key points in its lifespan that are recognised as the prime time. It seems less obvious to me for Psybient, but I would not say I know too much about it pre 2006.
Maybe it has been getting better and better overall?? Or perhaps a sub-genre like Psy-Dub is seeing great times, whilst another more ambient driven style is lacking from what it had in former years? I know that glitch orientated styles have exploded in a matter of years and has a very healthy and proactive scene (thanks to the Americans), so you could argue that we are seeing a golden time here. Hard to say without the hindsight of time.
Whats your opinion of Psybient - are we seeing a decline or upwards movement of the quality in it's music?