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Oh, this is lovely. Church & State is a collaborative project between two brothers, Adam and Matthew Moore, with Adam playing guitar while Matthew processes and manipulates the sounds. What we're left with is something which doesn't sound an awful lot like a guitar...there's an almost synthy quality to the melodic washes on display here - immersive cosmic meditations that I'm sure must've sounded wonderful in its original setting of Huntingfield Church in rural Suffolk. Phil's saying it reminds him of Max Richter's incidental pieces from his early albums, while I'm getting the warm relaxing vibes of some old Stars of the Lid stuff. It's really haunting music, this...essentially drone but with melodic shifts that maintain a sense of musicality. One quibble I might have is that the textures don't really vary a lot over the course of this. At one point there's some tweeting laser sounds and understated twitches but the main tool in the arsenal here is the soothing tone wash, with subtle variations in texture used only as background points of interest. A mightily soothing wash it is, though, and I'd happily wake up to this any day...although it might not motivate me to leave my bed. There's enough subtlety and depth to the execution here for this to be rewarding and therapeutic over repeated listens, too. Fans of beautiful relaxing minimal take note.
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