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Oh man I'm totally full of burrito's, I feel like I'm gonna explode… We got a batch of stuff in from Australia's excellent Sound & Fury label which includes stuff from Ajilvsga (Brad Rose), Morning Stalker, Penelope Joy & Jasper TX,  The Ghost Of 29 Megacycles, and Brian Grainger whose 'White Kingdoms' release is playing right now. This comes in a wax sealed envelope and I dare ...

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White Kingdoms by Brian Grainger
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9/10 Ant Staff review, 14 January 2010
Oh man I'm totally full of burrito's, I feel like I'm gonna explode… We got a batch of stuff in from Australia's excellent Sound & Fury label which includes stuff from Ajilvsga (Brad Rose), Morning Stalker, Penelope Joy & Jasper TX,  The Ghost Of 29 Megacycles, and Brian Grainger whose 'White Kingdoms' release is playing right now. This comes in a wax sealed envelope and I dare not open it but Brian was generous enough to send me the audio via the internet (thanks Brian!)… Oh 'Plateau Phase' is really hitting the spot right now. From the offset there is a really intense feel that sucks me straight in. Like the sound of a post apocalyptic wind sweeping across an arctic landscape while multiple layers of ambient drones reveal hidden rhythms and melodies. This really is totally absorbing audio and I'm gonna go as far as saying that I'm probably (?) enjoying this even more than the recent Milieu vinyl release. It's like being swept away in a beautiful storm and whirring around in hypnotic swirls of pure beauty. I find this very uplifting, it's not overly complex yet a little too dense to be categorised as minimalism. I guess it just generates a feeling that you need to experience for yourself. The title track has a mysterious low end drone and feels darker, like being in the same arctic environment after sundown while the winds whisper lost languages. I get the vibe of being like an explorer that has lost his way, no map or communication with the world, isolated but having that special feeling of discovering a hidden world. As the track progresses some warm tones enter the mix that make me visualise the bitter cold ice melting as the sun finally awakes after a cold solitary night.. The production throughout  here is pristine. The third and final track 'Shimmering Skull Raga' begins in a much darker mode with layers of distorted drones, a bass melody enters and then the tune takes on a kind of mega-ultra slow motion glacial ambient dub sorta vibe, lots of effects and sounds dissolving into the distance. As the melodies gradually evolve I'm left with a huge grin on my face.  This is a very strong release for Mr Grainger and it comes with a huge Ant seal of approval. Be quick as there are only 70 copies available of which we have but a few. A superb listen from beginning to end and very highly recommended.

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