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Dog Day Morning by Ross Downes
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8/10 ReviewBot3000 25 July 2014

We've got some ambient business in from Trestle Records this week. You may be thinking, "Aren't we supposed to be boycotting Trestle?", but don't worry, that's Nestlé. These guys are fine. The one I'm listening to right now is Ross Downes' 'Dog Day Morning', a twisty collection of electro acoustic instrumentals which owe as much to soundtracks and post-rock as ambient atmospherics, taking cues, so the press release says, from Tortoise, Papa M and Do Make Say Think. Each track has a person's name, with no explanation why.

It's an intriguing album, shifting from warm electronics to silky Mark McGuire-ish guitar to cold Wray/Morricone-esque twanging to dystopian dronescapes littered with field recordings and clanging distortion, radio static, Black Eagle Child-esque delay pedal bliss outs and meditative cosmic synths. However there's always at least a thread of musicality binding it together so despite its almost schizophrenic mood range it never feels like hard work to listen to.

This is really nice stuff, thoughful and understated and personal but also quite sonically ambitious.



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