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CD on Dronarivm inc. Talvihorros, Kreng,, Aaron Martin & Christoph Berg, Sophie Hutchings & Peter Hollo,, Marsen Jules, Ian Hawgood & The Green Kingdom, Orla Wren etc. Edition of 300 copies.
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The excellent Dronarivm imprint have not only sent us two cassettes this week, but also this CD compiling their favourite artists of 2013, with 15 names each contributing a track of frosty and artfully crafted ambience. There's plenty of familiar names on here too, including Talvihorros, Aaron Martin & Christoph Berg, Jacaszek, Marsen Jules, Orla Wren and Olan Mill, which should give you a decent idea of both the style and consistent quality that's going on here.
The tracks do tend towards the more melodic side of ambience rather than any kind of pure tone/drone business, with the plinky-plonky mystic mumblings of Kaboom Karavan and heartbroken acoustic guitar and frostbitten electronics of Talvihorros's offering being immediate stand-outs on first listen. The piano and cello duet of Sophie Hutchings & Peter Hollo is extravagantly pretty too, and very evocative of the wintery theme which runs throughout the album. The whole thing is beautifully put together, though, with the songs well sequenced to avoid any jarring contrasts from track to track. All in all it's a very lovely collection.
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