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- Diluvial by Bruce Gilbert and BAW
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 30 August 2013
This morning I sat down, armed with my Hibernate mug full of the milkiest tea known to man, bowl of cereal at the ready and attempted to write about this solo album from the Wire man and his collaborators BAW. And then you know what? I just couldn’t be arsed. No Excuses, just couldn’t be arsed. It didn’t help that it’s an album of lovely pulsy ambience and I was trying to review it in a noisy, hot office. So hot in fact that surprisingly my request to work in my underpants today was granted. I’ll leave the rest to your imagination.
Gilbert has been a long time ambient pioneer and this record shows the signs of a master craftsman at work. It takes rising sea levels as its theme and amongst the soothing electronic drones there are lots of field recordings of beaches, water, particularly evocative are the wind sounds on track three ‘Dry Land’. The album benefits from a headphone listen, the drones are often low end and barely discernable on a regular hi-fi set up. Amongst the drones are tiny shards of electronic debris which provide a pulse like backdrop to the haunting electronic evocations.
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