Sketches From New Brighton is yet another set of delightful pillowy electronica from the inimitable Loscil (Scott Morgan). Morgan’s blend of downtempo electronics, ambient music and dub techno has influenced artists like Edward and Nicolas Jaar, but when he’s on form there are very few other artists who can craft soundscapes as wintry or as beautiful. And on this, his sixth LP, Morgan is once again on form.
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Right-o, over the past two or three years this man here has become a bit obsessed with Vancouver's Loscil. I really liked his last Kranky opus 'Endless Falls' but there's something so profound (in many ways, literally and metaphysically) about his second album 'Submers' that I had to stop playing it every night before bed as I was getting hooked like I needed an opium hit and that was the only music that could touch the edges of my craving...
Like with Norway's Biosphere, I feel the insane desire to own all the Loscil-music, this guy's unique mastery of the sonic depths, tactile spaces and powerful cinematic vistas that are typical of the most visionary forms of ambient music is commendable. Scott Morgan seems like a total physics and sound nerd and realises the limitless possibilities inherent in sound-scape crafting. Strip away song structure and beat grids then you've almost a blank canvas on which to daub your aurally-inclined feelings and thoughts more freely.
His music has a beautifully unique glide and finely detailed bubbling pulse that I adore, a languid grace and majesty that is very distinctive, not to mention a timelessness and cerebral richness that takes inspiration from so many elements - classical music, Brian Eno and dub techno - but his sound-world is a very pure and zen one, everything in its place, calm and absorbing. A rewarding listen after the bafflingly minimal CD he released on the Italian Glacial Movements imprint. I really must check that out again but then again, his releases for Kranky are hard to better and this is no exception...if you loved his ‘First Narrows’ and ‘Plume’ CDs especially, 'SFNB' is the one for you!
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