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A lovely six tracker of late night melancholy from Hood alumni Richard Adams. The especially composed EP for the French imprint Monopsone showcases various shades of fractured, rusted acoustics and electronica with that ever present autumnal hue. Like mist lifting from an October field to reveal shards of sunshine.  

Vinyl 10" £9.99 mops030

Ltd 10" + download on Monopsone. Edition of 500 copies. Members of Hood.

  • Includes download code
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9/10 Ian Staff review, 30 May 2013

Here’s a new 10” by The Declining Winter who’ve been been away from the scene for couple of years at least. Lazy boys and girls!! Well now they are back and here’s a limited release which is part of a series of 12 records on French imprint Monopsone released in batches of three and this little beauty arrived with the Pan Aurora & Darko releases which Clint has written some words about this week. They’re all limited to 500 copies, come with a download code, tracks are all exclusive to this release and they look utterly lovely!

With his former cohorts Hood seemingly long gone it’s great to see Richard Adams still creating lovely music, this little EP sees Adams playing whispered acoustic guitar with an intimacy that’s almost heartbreaking, with the help from a few friends, namely ISAN, Sarah Kemp of Lanterns of the Lake and Martin Cummings of Northerner, these 6 tracks are full of sparse melancholy with the acoustic guitar gently accompanied by hushed vocals and distant percussion, ‘Sunlit’ is brushed with a flutter of violin and the echo of finger on string which gives the impression of being really up close and personal to the artist.

Just as Hood’s past releases featured the likes of electronic beats and sometimes quite abrasive guitar sounds, The Declining Winter however has a very stripped down bare sound that gives a very lonely, late night feel to this record, ‘With Trees’ and ‘Rebecca’ have a rich warmth with just the right amount of reverb to create a wonderful atmosphere. Adams and co are producing something very special in the vast world of experimental music and The Declining Winter deserve a special place on your record shelves.



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