8/10 Mike Staff review, 21 August 2013
Phil tells me we’ve been given a Norm-sclusive on this latest CD from John Layton and Christopher Wood, the third in a series following ‘Sfumato’ and ‘When? Softly’ on Benbecula which came out in 2010 and ‘11 respectively. On it, the pair build a selection of graceful, slow-moving pieces from treated guitar and bass and subtle field recorded touches. I’m currently on the third track, ‘Balance’, and Kim is trying to figure out if the sampled birdsong (magpies I think) is coming from the stereo or outside the window. I say the stereo, she says the window, so it’s fair to say this number either has birdsong on or doesn’t (I’m pretty sure it does).
All these songs were recorded in real time and without software intervention which as the press release rightly says, imbues them with “‘soul and warmth’”, with the field recorded ambience contextualising the slow-developing melodies in a really natural-sounding and unforced way. After having to review a couple of albums of unabashed claustrophobic darkness it’s a providing a welcome shot of life, space and air into the office. Very pretty, therapeutic stuff.
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