CD £8.99 HB52
Digipak CD on Hibernate aka Wil Bolton and Phil Edwards. Edition of 200 copies.
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Ah its about time I got an ambient album to get my head around. This is the second full length collaboration between Wil Bolton and Phil Edwards. Wil has had several solo releases out on Hibernate and Time Released Sound whilst phil under the moniker PJE, has recorded on Cathedral Transmissions, Twisted Tree Line etc. This collaboration is based around field recordings they made in the titular Liverpool park.
Now, if its ok with you I’m going to start at the end. The final track here, ‘The Oratory’ is an absolute stand out. It blends haunting analogue drones, with more code type bleeps and the most wonderful guitar figures which ebb in and out of the mix. Underneath there are subtle acoustic pluckings which provide a haunting bedrock. Its a near perfect form of ambience with marries the dark chilling atmospheres of Windy and Carl and La Bradford with the more minimal lush soundscapes that the Hibernate label specialises in. Thirteen minutes in, and I’m slowly drifting into another world, one dominated by the sight of gently waving cornfields.
Back to the front and opener ‘Winding Nature’ utilises field recordings of traffic and wind and places some random and evocative keyboards on top before some processed guitar adds a kind of Celer type atmosphere. ‘Monuments’ is another track which recalls the late La Bradford with twangy heavily affected guitar under which nestles the sound of seagulls and waves.
Overall a really evocative and varied three tracker, the gorgeous closing track, however,elevates the release onto another level entirely.
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