A still from the film is a sort of sister release of 2012’s ‘Detachment’. But this album is at the same time more abstract, and more accessible.
The A-side is one sidelong melody rising out of a mix of hiss, crackles and guitar sounds.
The B-side of the record is more straightforward, with a prominent role for Gowers’ vocals, which makes the album stand out far from its contemporaries.
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Ltd LP on Morc. Edition of 150 copies in screen printed sleeve.
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An album of guitar-based ambient music from Chris Gowers, who incidentally also runs Trome Records and is one half of Lowered. Side A consists of one long piece (‘Low Red Room’) that develops subtly, starting of with a warm static crackle out of which sombre chords fade before a gracefully plucked nylon stringed guitar marks a segue into a more sustained drone of ethereal modulating tones. Gowers’ mellow, clean and sustaining tone and the slow drift of the music here brings to mind players like Oren Ambarchi or early Taku Sugimoto.
Side B starts with a stripped down song for nylon guitar and Gowers’ hushed, distant vocals. Then we have a reprise of ‘Low Red Room’ where the intensity of the drones and static is gradually built up and dissipates before it gets too uncomfortable. We’re back to the nylon guitar for the final track ‘Distant Light’, this time joined by bass guitar, drums and Gowers’ distant, depressed monologue. There’s a real grace to the restrained playing here that reminds me of another antipodean experimentalist, Dean Roberts. As the cyclical chord progression subtly amasses layers of ringing drones, every small nuance of Gowers’ manipulation of his sustaining guitar becomes prominent in how it affects the delicate balance of the piece.
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