Ltd LP on Hibernate. Edition of 150 copies.
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I’m having a little Hibernate sesh here today. No, I’m not sleeping for several months (although sometimes I feel that would be a welcome change from my obligation-laden lifestyle), I’ve just got a couple of titles from the excellent Hibernate Records to write about. First the 3” CD by Rudi Arapahoe and now this LP by Simon Bainton. Coincidentally, both these releases also feature the cello skills of Danny Norbury, a man who loves playing on records.
On this LP there are seven pieces, all named after the bits of coastline which inspired them, and they all unfold gracefully in silky layers of delicate sleepy ambience which is making me feel rather heavy-lidded just listening to it. It’s beautiful stuff, but so subtly detailed that even the fans blowing in the office and the traffic rumbling past outside seem to be obscuring a lot of what’s going on. It’s a mixture of shimmering synth drones, understated tinkling from the piano and guitar and various other instruments, and field recorded near-nothings. As the press release observes, the first side is quite sombre and the second is more hopeful and uplifting. Both sides contain serene and contemplative music which is best listened to in quiet, relaxing solitude, not in an office with traffic going past and people shouting at each other and tape guns going off behind you.
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