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This latest burnt offering from the frequently impressive Preservation imprint comes from Brooklyn’s Padna, who creates haunting melodic soundscapes with gentle drones, piano tinkles, tape hiss and occasional field recordings, all contributing to a tranquil, flowing selection of instrumentals which are sometimes folky and sometimes more ambient. It’s always a relaxing brew but rarely ...

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Burnt Offerings by Padna
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8/10 Mike Staff review, 10 October 2012

This latest burnt offering from the frequently impressive Preservation imprint comes from Brooklyn’s Padna, who creates haunting melodic soundscapes with gentle drones, piano tinkles, tape hiss and occasional field recordings, all contributing to a tranquil, flowing selection of instrumentals which are sometimes folky and sometimes more ambient. It’s always a relaxing brew but rarely sits still for particularly long, preferring to splash around in all manner of lo-fi drone, folk and psychedelia with a playful, casual feel.

‘Pelts’ is particularly impressing me with its sparsely picked guitar patterns gently looping over one another to form a stumbling music-box melody over which some delicate accordion chords swell mournfully and some distorted breathy crackles complete the picture. It’s very effective, pure-sounding stuff with a slight resemblance to David Thomas Broughton’s early stuff back when he was on his own with a loop pedal, while the more droney stuff often heads in a Celer-y direction. Whether he’s droning or twinkling, though, these recordings never fall the wrong side of relaxing and enjoyable.


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