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You know you’re in for a treat with any recording that has a felt tip drawing of a six-eyed, green skinned girl dancing with another goat headed girl gracing its cover- right? Well, here’s a disc of exceptional ambient electronica from Piano Magic lynchpin, Glen Johnson. What separates this from the ambient herd is that, rather than just hitting on a winning formula and reworking it track-after-track to try and milk its effect, Johnson keeps developing the sound, moving in unexpected and sometimes startling directions.
At just under 20 mins, the disc’s single track starts off predictably enough with angelic organ tones floating above crepitating bass interference and British birdsong. This drifts, gradually enough into a jauntier, more rhythmical section with strange nocturnal whoops and the bass intensifying into a sub-aquatic rumble. Then everything falls away to leave an introverted, Chain Reaction style dub techno section that starts off blissfully enough before the introduction of a dark, spoken narrative brings the temperature down way below zero.
The music continues evolving and mutating, drawing from an arresting sound pallette of contrasting moods and textures, all arranged with an amazing sense of imagination. It’s an amazing piece that doesn’t really sound like anything else but reminds me at times of Coil or Nurse With Wound, if only in terms of the scope of its ambition and hallucinatory application of sound.
10/10 Michael LoCicero Customer review, 31st July 2014
What you have here is yet another HIBERNATE sold out POST CARD SERIES 3"CDr. It would seem that this label has acquired such a wide variety of talented artist's, that it's now for me anyway, become a matter of (If it's a HIBERNATE release JUST BUY IT.) Glen Johnson an artist I never heard of has put together a one track release that is WONDERFUL, 20 minutes of pure BLISS. My music likes are taking me to label's now the likes of DRONARIVM, ENTROPY, TWICE REMOVED, HOME NORMAL, SOMEHOW/VENT & HIBERNATE. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND ALL of these labels, all of which seem to go sold out rather fast, which apparently says something about what they are doing. Get them fast OR THEY ARE GONE.
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