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- Shallow by Porya Hatami
8/10 Mike Staff review, 13 February 2014
Iranian sound artist Porya Hatami has a CD this week out on Tench. As with so many of the things that fly through our office, I hadn't encountered this artist before today, but I'm quite beguiled by the lovely drone'n'tinkle soundscapes contained on this here album. The opening track 'Fen' takes up almost half the running time, and it's a pillowy concoction full of soft synthetic drones, tinkling and intricately panned chimes, and field recordings of running water and birdsong. It's delicately melodic and totally tranquil; blissful peace vibes from deep inside the "axis of evil".
'After The Rain', which follows 'Fen', has spiritual swells of choral synth accompanied by gliding feedback and resonant little xylophone runs, joined later by some awkward, mournful piano tinkles which sit high in the mix coated in reverb and echo, before everything finally crumbles into digital twitches and flutters. Finally 'White Forest' has a weird stumbling loop that sounds like a skipping record of a truck reversing, over which there's some graceful new agey synth twinkling and somnolent droneswells. That loop is somewhat grating so I'm not finding it as therapeutic as the first two tracks but it's still expertly constructed with a fine ear for detail. Very good overall.
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