Forgive me if I'm incorrect but this appears to be a collection of rehearsal performances from the much loved textural, ambient duo. There appear to be two pieces 'Follow Still' and 'Oblivion'.
'Follow Still' was recorded in Berlin in 2012, 13 minutes long it features minimal piano passages and repeating organ sounds. Overleaf, 'Oblivion' recorded in 2008 in Oslo is a dense fog of strings and bass.
A much worthwhile addition to their catalogue, this release sees the duo expand into unknown territories, demonstrating a flair for improvisation.
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8/10 Mike Staff review, 13 August 2014
It's time to get (quietly) excited, Deaf Center are back! First thing I'll say is that as an object, this record is very, very classy with its intricate die-cut sleeve, but the classiness doesn't end there, because the two lengthy pieces of music on the disc offer another beguiling glimpse at their slow, spiritual aesthetic.
Both tracks here are lengthy improvisations, 'Follow Still' recorded in 2012 in Berlin on guitar and piano, 'Oblivion' recorded in Oslo on bowed guitar, computer and synth back in 2008. The former is a dreamy passage of thoughtful slow-paced piano twinkles from the Frahm/Budd school and smoky swells of guitar drone that throb breathily into the gaps. Really mesmerising, meditative sounds.
In the latter we're bathed in cosmic washes of indistinct synth fog that plays tricks on your ears while the bowed guitar weeps subtle melodies right into the midst of the simmering, gliding tones. Really gorgeous stuff, and quite different tracks, although this does feel like the "bridge between full albums", as the press release describes it, rather than a fully-formed album in its own right. If you're already a fan of their wistful texturescapes, though, this should tide you over nicely until the next "full album" comes along.
8/10 gnomeaid Customer review, 17th September 2014
Owl Splinters remains a favourite. This one is really an EP at a shade under 30 minutes and, oh yes, the vinyl is a 45 for those of you with record decks that are arses to change speed on, or don't even do 45rpm. There is a download coupon comes with it, but it's only MP3 (some people actually pay for MP3 files I'm told. Why would you want to pay for something that's been compressed into a lifeless mush?)
Anyway, this is a decent EP and a lot better than most in-between album offerings.
Worth getting, if you like Deaf Center.
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