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Stray Ghost An Avalanche of Swollen Tongues
8/10 from Brett (Staff) on 17 October 2009Stray Ghost (aka Anthony Saggers) takes about a minute to wring any audible sound from our speakers on his new CD, making a mockery of our thirty second soundclips in the process, but once a hazy, static-filled Tim Hecker-esque drone pierces the silence things get a bit radioactive, reminding me of the mysterious no mans land of Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker. Ostensibly an ambient release, it's a fair old cacophony at times but I always find this kind of ambience very involving and full of interest.. An active listen rather than a passive one, if you like. An Avalanche of Swollen Tongues comes in a fancy digipak joint that looks well pro, you can tell Dead Pilot know they've got something a little bit special on this one so they've gone the extra mile for it.. Nice job.
8/10 according to Smig (customer) on 9th September 2014
True, the first and title track opening here takes about 1 1/2 mins to actually approach the ears of the listener and make its presence known. And, to be fair, the next 21 mins of the opening track aren't as absorbing as I hoped they would be .BUT, this is made up for on track 2. grains & waves -a sublime slice of granular and wavey repeating beauty which has sound tracked many long summer drives this year and probably will continue into the next season. Track 3 is equally tasty but not as enveloping as is the rest of the album but definitely worthy of a poke!
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"An Avalanche of Swollen Tongues" opens with the 23 minute long title track of kaleidoscopic spectral ambiance. Swells of celestial tones reach back and forth around your mind, surrounding your sense in a warm glow. The glorious "Grains and Waves" follows. An outstanding piece of melodic genius; euphoric and intense and filled with overwhelming emotion.
Released on PRO REPLICATED CD (NOT CDr), limited to 500 copies, packaged in 4 panel brown recycled card digipak.
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