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As far as I can gather Alex “Deep Magic” Gray has been involved with Pocahaunted and Black Eagle Child and is a current live member of Sun Araw, plus Phil says his last album was really good so all the signs are positive as I press play on this one, which is his third and comes out on the Australia’s reliable Preservation label.
Thankfully the signs were correct, this is a beautiful CD full of layered droney synth ambience, field recordings, subtly shimmering guitar and lots of distracted plinking and plonking on a piano, sucking you into a vortex of tropical bliss with birdsong and trickling water with a strangely sinister undercurrent of weirdness keeping it just beyond your grasp. It’s got a really blissed-out tropical paradise feel like a more ambient Inner Tube or a more synthy take on that awesome recent Mike Cooper CD on Room 40 (if you’ve not heard that, please check it out, it’s wonderful).
While it is consistently languid there’s always an alien weirdness about it to keep you on your toes. Particularly impressive is ‘Lapses In Reason’, which mixes somewhat glitchy stop-start synths with lashings of wet reverb for a mind-meltingly stylish passage. Great CD, cerebral but still utterly relaxing.
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