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- Haven by Pieter Nooten
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In an unusual twist, Phil arrived at work this morning to find a ‘man’ sleeping in our kitchen. On closer inspection it was the eccentric-bordering-on-lunatic Brian who had bedded down for the night following late night toiling. If he had any problems getting off to sleep he could have done worse than stick on this beautiful double CD of ambient beauty. Former Clan of Xymox man Pieter Nooten uses heavily affected pianos and strings to produce gorgeously glacial music which will appeal to fans of that particular Icelandic brand of melancholy spearheaded by Sigur Ros and the like.
He uses digital sound forms made on Mac Book Pro which gives the album a sheeny digitized feel, none of your textured organics here but more than makes up for it with a knack of wringing an inordinate amount of melancholy from these machines. The album is all instrumental with not a beat to be heard. Instead, layers of warm synths, create a beguiling pad for the processed electric piano and strings to play out the gorgeous melodies. The piano parts are simple rolling affairs, extremely pretty and intricate, not unlike Max Richter or Dustin O’Hallaran.
The album evokes twinkly late night scenes, the views of cities late at night trains rolling into stations, the last bit of light left in the sky before darkness closes in. It’s beautifully proportioned, the melodies eeking out like pulling bits of wool from a jumper, slowly unfurling ambient bliss. Gorgeous.
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