Filed under: Reviews | Tags: Hope Review, Morpheus Music, Various Artists - Hope
Electro-acoustic downtempo instrumentals. This is an album of inspiring digital delight – the collaborating artists have worked under harmonious vision to produce music of Hope. Here smooth drones and light washes interact with environmental recordings; melodies ebb and flow in understated restraint, moved by glitchy structures entwining ‘found’ percussive sounds and delicate beats. The melodic content often has a classical beauty about it – overtly through the use of wistful strings and elegant pianos – also through a recurring tone reminiscent of the grace and pensive nature of the nocturne. Introspective voices hang in the mix in places, musing in the misty headspace of the music. Static flecks and sleeting noise enliven the textural content. Acoustic and electric guitar meanderings thicken the synthetic elements and bring additional colour to a number of tracks.
Filed under: Reviews | Tags: 020 Magazine, Adrian Carter, Hope Review, Various Artists - Hope
Hope Springs… by Adrian Carter.
New label Fluid Audio enters the world with its first release..and all in aid of a good cause too.
‘Hope’ is the opening release of new electronic, electroacoustic and ambient label Fluid Audio. A rather pleasing affair it is too with a collection of thirteen tracks from a variety of known commodities (especially if you have followed some of my Ultimae reviews). The album is conceptual in nature with each artist asked to create a piece that to them embodies the concept of positivity and alleviation of strife.
As a collection the material on offer here drift back and forth from what you would classify as more traditional ambient into electroacoustic territory with its found sound association. Melodies drift and disperse and give way to tones and washes, often there is a deepening sense of drama to the pieces and while in many cases they burn slowly there is a relentless nature to them (have a listen to Field Rotation’s Regenezit for example).
Glitchy down tempo electronica with an air of melancholy serenity. The music of Maps and Diagrams wanders between wistful beauty and pensive solemnity. There are some passages of intense bliss; flickering, static infected zones where swells of luminous tone rise and fall, underplayed harmonious touches and liquid synths release tantalising snatches of touching melody and streamers of effected noise flutter and flash.
Filed under: Reviews | Tags: James Murray, Morpheus Music, Review, Ultimae Records, Where Edges Meet
Downtempo and ambient sounscapes effectively blending synthetic and organic sound sources. James Murray has created an engaging album of very individual electronic music, a wide variety of unusual sounds inhabiting his crystal clear soundscapes, brimming with subtle detail.
Filed under: Reviews | Tags: Morpheus Music, Movements, Review, Solar Fields, Ultimae Records
Blissful, lush downtempo electronica. Movements is a lustrous album of exquisitely crafted digital beauty. Liquid melodies, ambient forms and silken textures revolve and meander among some of the most dreamy beats imaginable.
“Closet Ghosts is a great way to spend twenty minutes of your life. Highly recommended.”
“A beautiful mix between nightly ambient drones and acoustic instruments. Great in it’s smallness.”
“The great beauty of albums like Closet Ghosts is that they are brightly different, highly creative and opens the listener up to a brighter world amongst the melancholy.”
“Gorgeous melodies between hazy atmospheres.”
Progressively structured and playfully experimental, Rumpistol’s deeply textured pieces brim with three-dimensional life as micro-beats fizz beneath deep bass grooves and fleeting acoustic melodies. Being a balance between introverted expression and a more outward-looking experience, Rumpistol pursues an ongoing alternation between melancholy and optimism which adds a ting of nostalgia as well as a cinemascope aesthetic to proceedings. Behold ‘Dynamo’!