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Below Sea Level by Simon Scott
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8/10 Mike 06 June 2012

This CD has a head-scratchingly complex concept which I’m struggling to get my head around in the short time I have to write this review, but it is themed around the East Anglian Fens. Sometimes it’s got some processed twinkly guitar drifting, sometimes there’s piano tinkles, sometimes field recordings and watery noises, and a few droney drones to hold it all together.

It’s a masterfully composed bit of sound art, with loads of busy, interesting details which never threaten to overcrowd the meditative sense of space which Scott is consistently so adept at conjuring. Phil’s saying it’s reminding him of Marcus Fischer’s ‘Monocoastal’ album, also on 12K, which he got a little bit obsessed with at the time.

The way that Scott collaborates with his environment here it’s a little like a more musical take on the field recording-centric ambient styles of the likes of Chris Watson or Lawrence English, never too obtuse or grating, just loads of pleasant semi-organic ambient loveliness. Totally nice.


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