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- Wood, Winter, Hollow by Seaworthy + Taylor Deupree
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The tale behind Seaworthy (Cameron Webb) and Taylor Deupree's first full length collaboration goes that Webb was flown away from a baking Australian summer and plunged into the depths of wintertime New York's Pound Ridge nature reserve. Together with Deupree they would record the sonic environment which was just recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Recording the natural sounds of the woodland and then assembling what would become 'Wood, Winter, Hollow' in the evenings at the 12k studio.
The sounds here exude a quiet beauty. Opener 'Wood' has twinkling, delicate bells that create a magical forest atmosphere while pastoral guitar shapes and field recordings make it actually very warm and earthy sounding rather than a colder icy sound I was somehow expecting. 'February 21, 2013' is a high clarity sonic capture of their surroundings, while animals hide away and seek warmth, the sound of blowing trees and the crackle of snow. This leads into the sixteen minute 'Winter' again with some gentle nylon string guitar, field recordings and bells. 'February 22, 2013' could be mistaken for one of Chris Watson's superb hydrophone recordings, capturing a flowing creek and near frozen streams. 'Hollow' is a dramatic closer, with a mysterious quality about it. There's some analogue synth in there and some strange unidentifiable sounds.
The acoustic instruments, that also include melodica are well chosen tools to tell the landscapes story and really compliment the areas ambient sound. Across the album it's a really well executed combination of organic sounds, and careful post production and assembly which really transports the listener to what on the surface is an unforgiving harsh winter landscape, yet listen closely and much beauty can be found in Pound Ridge and its secret sound world.
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