Jon Brooks takes a step away from his Advisory Circle work with what promises to be a lovely new LP on the ever great Clay Pipe records. Inspired by hs grandma's house, this record consists of reflective synth laden evocations of the house he lived as a child. As with anything on Clay Pipe the artwork is sure to be absolutely stunning and the last record he recorded for the label 2012's 'Shapwick' sold out quickly.
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- pipe 010-2 / 2nd pressing 'evening edition' in new artwork limited to 500.
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"Lovely, nice, soothing, warm, quality ambience" not my words but the words of office leader Phil about the latest instalment of Jon Brooks attempts to take over the world by soothing you all into submission. This is certainly by some way his most conforming release, not as haywire or as '70's retro synth as other works. Many tracks comprise of just softly hit synths playing out exquisite intertwining melodies as if he's hit the keys armed only with a feather.
The albums sense of bucolic tenderness could stem that the record was inspired by his grandma's house where Brooks lived as a child. Now my grandma's house had pouffe's and valances and bureau's and toilet roll doilies all as soft and tender as the work created here. Tracks like 'The Mezzanine' have something of the Boards of Canada about them as the synths entangle around each other like some telegraph wires on a '70's polaroid. It's not all easy going though 'Fibre Optics' for example is a mangle of dissonant shards of electronics but in this context it contrasts nicely with the loving dreaminess of works like the Air ish 'Pond i' which contains perhaps the softest sounds ever committed to vinyl.
A lovely work. This is a re-press of a sold-out-in-an-instant initial pressing and differs in that the magnificent artwork (by head Clay Piper Frances Castle) depicts an evening rather than a morning.
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