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Here's my second CD of the day from the very lovely Preservation imprint. This one is by Talk West and contains eight tracks of anti-gravity ambience full of pillowy synth drones, plaintively plucked guitar and smudged vocal washes.
The main feature on the record is the guitar, though. It's got so much reverb it sounds like it was recorded in an empty church hall and is often looped over on itself to form dense but relaxing twinklescapes that bring to mind the likes of Black Eagle Child or early David Thomas Broughton back when he was all about the loops. That's not to say that the guitar is the focus throughout. Opener 'Light Black' eases you into West's murky but floaty aesthetic with somnolent synth drones and weeping cello details, and 'Solitary Blossoms' is a highlight with a rustly vinyl crackle and field recorded wind chimes and crickets accompanying a piece of slow, nocturnal jazz for piano and clarinet.
Although it's a very musical and melodic album and features a lot of different textures, the moods are consistently downbeat and relaxing, with the sounds tending towards the warm and organic. Gorgeous floaty melodies.
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