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Here’s William Basinski’s first album of new solo material in four years, ‘Nocturnes’. You probably already have a good idea of whether or not you like Basinski, who has over the years perfected his slowly-decaying style of patient nostalgic tape loops which disintegrate and decay over the course of the pieces. There are two tracks here, with the opening title track spanni ...

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Nocturnes by William Basinski
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9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 14 May 2013

Here’s William Basinski’s first album of new solo material in four years, ‘Nocturnes’. You probably already have a good idea of whether or not you like Basinski, who has over the years perfected his slowly-decaying style of patient nostalgic tape loops which disintegrate and decay over the course of the pieces.

There are two tracks here, with the opening title track spanning over 40 minutes, opening with some Harold Budd-esque airy piano prettiness before slowly becoming more disjointed and buried in subaquatic wibble and greasy tape muck which evokes the haunted, broken drift and flutter of The Caretaker. It’s making me very, very sleepy.

Second track ‘The Trail Of Tears’ has a dusky melodic loop with a piano melody accompanied by a weird wibbly sound which follows the same simple tune, slowly becoming smudged, blurred and increasingly drifty. My eyelids are getting heavy...


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