8/10 Clinton Staff review, 16 August 2013
This is the second album by Simon Price better known as one of the men in The Heads, a hugely popular group amongst you lot, our beloved consumers. This is nothing like his parent band but is just as valid in its own understated way. He purveys a brand of very organic, home produced ambient music which has a very spectral feel to it throughout. Opener ‘Slowah’ is a gorgeously drawn out slab of guitar led ambience. It feels very much like Expo 70 but without the prog twiddling.
‘Grace and’ takes this sound further into the abyss, its beautifully constructed atmospheres are reminiscent of the mid 90’s brand of ‘space rock’ as exemplified by the likes of Fuxa, Mahogany and La Bradford. ‘Waves’ is comprised of gently plucked acoustic guitar over the top of....you guessed it....the sound of waves. Its lovely and charmingly brief. ‘July 28th’ is a lovely cosmic guitar piece with minimal percussion backing up the stretchy synth and guitar notes. Its all beautifully realised, not a note out of place, the songs slowly unfurl and create a great becalmed mood. Its also very organic and human sounding, all played on ‘real’ instruments, its rough and ready and there is a grainy texture to the sound.
The use of analogue recording equipment, utilising found sounds, the closing ‘Swim Into the Sun’ is the most realised track here with pounding percussion building over its 22 minutes, the basic track was recorded on cassette tape. Overall, a lovely slightly dirty, murky take on blissed out ambience culminating in a track that will appeal to fans of Neu-ish kraut rock.
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