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Vancouver ambient legend Scott “Loscil” Morgan here teams up with Seattle pianist Kelly Wyse for an LP of sleepy drone drift and delicate minimal tinklings. Pieces of note on here include piano-led reworkings of his ‘Endless Falls’ and ‘Hastings Sunrise’, a version of Grieg’s ‘Death of Ase’ and ‘Rye Fields’, a tribute to minimal pia ...

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Intervalo by Loscil (featuring Kelly Wyse)
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9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 17 April 2013

Vancouver ambient legend Scott “Loscil” Morgan here teams up with Seattle pianist Kelly Wyse for an LP of sleepy drone drift and delicate minimal tinklings. Pieces of note on here include piano-led reworkings of his ‘Endless Falls’ and ‘Hastings Sunrise’, a version of Grieg’s ‘Death of Ase’ and ‘Rye Fields’, a tribute to minimal piano giant Harold Budd.

Actually, the Budd influence is an abiding one throughout the disc, with the gliding, shimmering ambience always gently accompanied by patient yet robust piano shades, cutting through the hum and tremulously decaying with a hypnotic reliability. The second side largely consists of a long-form piece ‘City Hospital’, four movements which conclude with the aforementioned Grieg. The melancholic drifting of the first side is a little less relaxing here, with hints of radio static and distant, discordant rumbles bringing a palpable tension to the piece with a crackling, aged feel which reminds me of The Caretaker. The piano sounds like it’s thick with dust, abandoned in some forgotten Victorian asylum, reverberating sadly to itself around the maze of bare brick walls.

If you’re into ambient music I’m sure you’re already well aware of what this Canadian is capable of, and with the added piano as a focal point for his melancholic driftings this is one of his most accessible and indulgently enjoyable albums to date. If you like drones and you like the sound of pianos being played very slowly, I’d certainly recommend investing in this one to soundtrack your late-night introspection. Really beautiful stuff as always from Morgan.


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