Minimal and ambient composer Harold Budd promised himself that the compositions that make up the 'Jane' collections would be, above anything else, improvised. He recorded one a day, mixing quietened piano arrangements in with electronic flourishes reminiscent of his early recording days. 'Jane 12-21' collects the latter half.
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- Jane 12-21 by Harold Budd
Aaaaand relax. Here’s Harold Budd with a new album of recordings, a follow up piece to the earlier ‘Jane 1-11’. This is a series of improvised piano pieces with occasional electronic flourishes. Its very sparse and minimal with lots of spaces between the notes yet I’m finding the album warm and comforting rather than cold and desolate. One of the finest moments comes on Jane 16’ which is underpinned by some almost dub techno-ey warm synth over which Budd plays some sparse piano. This is really superb stuff, I’m incredibly comforted by it, single-handedly airbrushing the harsh day to day reality away until you are left wallowing in a drifting ambient bath of sound. As the album moves on, the piano is dispensed with and simple bell-like synth lines take over. Still very minimal but less organic and slightly more eerie and disconcerting with plenty of discordance.
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