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- Seer by Golden Retriever
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It is absolutely bucketing it down here in Armley and I seem to have developed an irritating eyelid twitch over the course of this afternoon but one thing that's helping calm me down a little is this LP of cosmic synthesizer and clarinet action from duo Golden Retriever. The music here ranges from slow and expansive cosmic synth action to weird dub-lounge twinklings and harsh clarinet squawks to new agey driftscapes populated with chirping synths and woozy vocals, to field recorded birdsong and gorgeous ascending multitracked clarinet hoots with a kind of pastoral feel.
Things get particularly new agey on the two-act B side, starting with the plaintive treated drones and plodding looped twinkles which slowly increase in density into a big sweeping melody. Total kosmische bliss-out times. Closing cut 'Superposition' drops down almost to silence, with weird bleeps and echoed clicks and twinkles like the inner workings of a spaceship ticking over while everyone's asleep, crossed with Sun Araw.
It's like hearing snatches of music through a broken radio, disjointed and paranoid but strangely calm, until it swells into a warm wash of soft synths and treated clarinet tossed soulfully over a lazy drum groove for a totally spiritual ending. It's a satisfying end to an interesting ride. Good cosmic stuff with a touch of jazzy experimentalism.
8/10 coffin dodger Customer review, 27th March 2014
Every now and then, even I have a bad day. Over time I've used many methods to attempt the eradication of such: playing the late Mr Strummer's magnificently angry ode to native Scottish highland birds - 'Ptarmigan', the opener from their under-rated second album, whilst spraying the target of my day's displeasure with streams of bullets in time to the drum's incessant rolling volleys usually worked after five or six repeats. These days I'm a tad more laid back. A favourite poem or selected prose passage, some good red wine, candles, incense cones... a set of imaginary darts with which to inflict...well, you get the picture. What occurred to me, whilst taking in 'Seer' for the first time is that here is a healer. I'm not, in any way, religious but Mike (above) is spot-on with his spiritual tagging of the overall effect of this music. It is way out there. There's a good mix of the analogue and the digital - the truth and the fiction, as I see it. There's also an outdoor, big sky, strange journey, sort of feel...though the free-form jazz (bass) clarinet and ambient field recordings keep the whole thing from getting too 'Boards of Canada'(ish). Without wishing to name-check a popular radio 6 teatime show I would say that this album is headed for the 'bad' section of my good-day/bad-day selections. I can picture it now dispensing calming, yet questioning, vibes as I sprawl on the sofa with a glass of malbec in one hand, Kerouac's 'Desolation Angels' in the other and a freshly sharpened set of imaginary darts in my mind. In short: good stuff, try it.
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