Morpheus Reviews Hope
June 21, 2009, 3:17 am
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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.

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‘Hope’ Review by Adrian Carter (020 Magazine)
June 18, 2009, 8:09 pm
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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).

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