LP £14.99 GI187LP
Ltd LP on Ghostly International inc. Simon Scott, Jim Hayes, Celer, Fieldhead, Pjusk etc. Edition of 800 copies.
CD £10.49 GI187CD
CD on Ghostly International inc. Simon Scott, Jim Hayes, Celer, Fieldhead, Pjusk etc.
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Drone-based music has once again become flavour of the month in my house, mainly due to my scattershot inability to sleep. It seems that eating, internetting, drinking, thinking, speaking, bathing or not toileting after 8pm causes a night of frustrated restlessness. My cure has been to play the softest of ambient soundscapes to ease my troubled mind away from the strains and stresses of the modern world.
This compilation on Ghostly International seems tailor-made for the job. Simon Scott’s opening ‘Water Shadow’ is a churning loop, similar to those found on my current sleep enhancer BVDub’s ‘The First Day‘. A Winged Victory For The Sullen introduce classically inspired piano rolls with atmospherics somehow, improbably recalling U2. Celer have been creating spacious, feathery blocks of ambience for years now and their ‘Nothing So Mystical’ is typical of their dark pillows of sound. EN’s ‘White’ track tries a different tack with some plucked stringed instrument creating an eastern, ethnic vibe, more so once the low end drones of what I presume to be some kind of accordion-related wind instrument come to the fore.
I’m pleased to see Fieldhead included in such salubrious company. ‘37th’ is a typical composition, its drones bringing to mind the icy wastes of Canada in which it was composed but crucially injecting slices of cold melody into the equation which emerge from the track as if a monster emerging from the ice. A splendid track only halted by its brevity. Overall this is a good compilation that feels like it has been put together with care and one which, hopefully, will be enjoyed not just by those for whom sleep is a rare pleasure.
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