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- Beyond Painting by Robert Turman
10/10 Ant Staff review, 18 February 2014
I couldn’t be happier about the current Robert Turman reissue campaign. First ‘Flux’ appeared a wee while ago on Spectrum Spools and now like three records in the space of a month; ‘Spirals of Everlasting Change’, ‘Way Down’ and now ‘Beyond Painting’. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve played this album thanks to Fabrica rescuing it from near obscurity with this vinyl reissue. The tracks were recorded in 1990 but only saw the light of day via 100 copies on CDr in 2010. A criminally low run as this could well be Turman’s masterpiece.
Across the record he utilizes soul stirring synth loops which are a total bliss-out conjuring widescreen vistas while summoning tears to shoot out of my tear ducts but so far I’ve just about managed to hold it together. This is a magnificent, stunningly beautiful and very organic sounding ambient record that stands out head and shoulders amongst the masses within the genre. The melodies are to die for, the lo-fi production sounds warm and enveloping and the sound palette of guitar, tapes and synth is consistent throughout - There's a real continuity and flow with each track being similar but still very different. Mind blowingly gorgeous music that I can’t recommend enough. Head over to the full preview on SoundCloud and if you’re not melted I’d recommend checking for a pulse.
10/10 Dermot Customer review, 1st April 2014
At long last someone who really understands Robert's music! Good on you Ant :) Paid through the nose for the Fabrica pressing (with the booklet) so at this price it's a no brainer. One of the finest pieces of music I've ever heard. Totally life changing and as essential as breathing :)
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