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The rather wonderful Dead Pilot records is shaping up to be rather a special label indeed. After the Ekca Leina sell out success we have 2 releases featuring the talents of Jerome Alexander AKA Message to Bears. EP1 begins with some haunting strings & spectral piano plinking underlaid with hazy snippets of muted conversation. The second track really reminds me of early Tunng with gently clatte ...

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8/10 Brian Staff review, 13 November 2008
The rather wonderful Dead Pilot records is shaping up to be rather a special label indeed. After the Ekca Leina sell out success we have 2 releases featuring the talents of Jerome Alexander AKA Message to Bears. EP1 begins with some haunting strings & spectral piano plinking underlaid with hazy snippets of muted conversation. The second track really reminds me of early Tunng with gently clattering percussion, blissed picked guitar & pastoral synth washes. The ghostly snatches of dialogue fluttering beneath intermittently really add to the aura. As the recording progresses I get a sense of calm, folky exploration, a keen meditative chamber feel to these thought provoking sketches. Track 4 is maybe not too far removed from James Blackshaw, shards of delicate guitar picking ricocheting round your mind, very beautiful & personal. So largely, this 8 track mini album is comprised of melancholic instrumental acoustic music with the most subtle of electronic & modern classical embellishment, lovingly played with utmost feeling. The other CD is a split with The Soul's Release. More haunting cerebral guitar caressing from the Bear massager, 5 tracks of impassioned loveliness ending with a playful remix by The Peace of Westphalia of one of the other EPs tracks. Scattershot drum stuttering & lots of mischievous laptop tinkering ensues. The Soul's Release take up tracks 6-10 and are more inclined to let haunting drift & subtle post-rock atmospherics do the talking. Twinkly post-ambient moods, shimmering guitar effects & occasional hushed ethereal vocals are the order of the day, all executed with a homely DIY feel. 'Catching Fireflies' features some grand tumbling percussion and mood enhancing chords whilst the untitled T9 features some of those Satie on downers piano plinks & a shuddering violin sample to create a mood of gentle unease & tragedy. I think fans of anyone from Eluvium to Godspeed's more quite moments may take refuge here.

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