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I'm having another of my early morning ambient sessions. This time the man easing me from sleepy confusion into another week's review onslaught is David Newlyn, whose new CD 'Disintegrating Suburban Dream' I've just played twice through with a blank, glazed look on my face as I sup my coffee.
Newlyn is making ambient texturescapes which combine field recordings with soft, granular synth drones and minimal, melodic acoustic instrumentation. There are 12 tracks on here, all delicately balanced to provide maximum relaxation. At times it's quite oblique, falling somewhere between melodic ambience and sound art, other times the melodies are more upfront. The slow-breathing tunefulness and use of live instruments is reminding me of Benoit Pioulard in places.
It's a mixture of fragile, delicate structures and subtle, unobtrusive accidents and it makes for a pensive but peaceful listen.
8/10 ShaunCRogan Customer review, 29th September 2014
In "Disintegrating Suburban Dream", David Newlyn gives us his spin on a well trodden but by no means exhausted path of possibilities. The music here is beautifully understated and meditative. If I were being lazy I would reference Eno (AAnother Green World and Music for Airports era) and Satie as primary signposts but I also detect wider influences at play, not least Newlyn's local environ County Durham which imbues the work with its clouds of buried field recorded sound with every shade of (beautiful) grey.
I am also drawn to compare it with Barry Adamson's cinematic masterpiece "Moss Side Story" (minus some of the blinding sonic assaults), the work of Hood (maybe) and earlier exponents of textured ambient chamber music that the composer has probably never heard of. But the overall impression is of an artist presenting his own vision in all its slow fade glory, taking us on a dreamlike ride through derelict pit villages and high streets filled with the ghosts of better days.
Ambient, slightly unsettling and very addictive. You should check it out before it sells out.
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