LP on Hibernate. Edition of 150 copies.
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Both the sleeve and title give a good indication of what to expect from this record. Together Chris Gowers and Katie English (aka Karina ESP and Isnaj Dui) conjure up a sonic voyage into a desolate monochrome ocean. You really get the feeling of wandering into the infinite with merely moonlight as a guide and although in an open space the darkness induced claustrophobia. The strings add a very sinister yet quite delicate and beautiful contrast to the swells and nautical ambience, crackle and fuzz, recalling the likes of Aaron Martin’s collaboration with Machinefabriek perhaps.
Somehow the cello seems to really gel exceptionally well with the saddened atmospherics, for it surely is thee instrument to melt the coldest of hearts. It’s a gloomy introspective ride which suits me fine, perhaps not the best tonic during these freezing times yet a perfect soundtrack. A very well executed album of field recordings, piano, cello drones. There’s a lot of this type of stuff around these days but this manages to hold a real narrative throughout and stands out from the crowd. Chilling stuff.
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