Limited hand painted 7" following on from critically acclaimed Dead Albatross nominated LP on Home Assembly. Features an original cut of non-album track 'A Roomful of Lovers' plus a Miles Whittaker (Demdike Stare) edit. A New Line (Related) is the solo project of Andrew Johnson (Remote Viewer, Hood) creating gorgeous, minimal swathes of ambient techno with nods to Deepchord and Gas.
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- A Roomful of Lovers by A New Line (Related)
9/10 Clinton Staff review, 30 September 2014
A New Line (Related)'s debut album on Home Assembly was something of a revelation. It was the debut solo music from Andrew Johnson who had previously worked as part as various teams including Remote Viewer and Famous Boyfriend (with long term collaborator Craig Tattersall), Hood ('Cabled Linear Traction' to 'Cycle of Days and Season's' era) and the lesser known but excellent On Fell (with Chris Adams (Hood/Bracken) and various others). Despite the love for his previous projects, A New Line (Related) could be the best of the lot. The album was full of beautiful late night ambient techno seemingly improved by being made using some very 'lo-fi' equipment indeed- feeling over technicality if you will. This follow up single features a new non-album track 'A Roomful of Lovers' and an edit of the same track by Miles Whittaker (Demdike Stare).
'A Roomful of Lovers' is another gorgeous gaseous peace of drone music. Beatless, it takes its cue from the exquisite dub techno produced over the years by the likes of Deepchord and Wolfgang Voigt's Gas project. One of the main strengths of this music are the secrets that appear to be under the surface, shards of percussion, churning synths. You are never quite sure what is real and what is imagined and that is one of the key components of this kind of techno-influenced bliss ambience. Overleaf, Whittaker adds further splashed of percussion, a machine-like beat and when the mood takes him, pitches the whole track up a notch. The addition of a 4/4 thump about half way through gives the track an electrifying kick start. Whittaker has perfectly added colour and energy to the track without distorting its blissfull appeal.
It's music to get lost in, techno seemingly dug out from the hillsides above Johnson's native Accrington and a wholly affecting postscript to one of the years best albums.
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