Lawrence, who is actually called Peter Kersten but never you mind, is set to release the follow-up to his last effort, 'Film & Windows'. Lawrence has managed to face the contradiction of the genres he works in by approaching each and every one with the same gentility and respect, and on 'A Day In The Life' his ambient compositions feel like a completely natural shift. It's a record dedicated to the collaborations and friendships of Kersten, label boss Toshiya Kawasaki and Stefen Marx. Aw.
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- A Day In The Life by Lawrence
7/10 Brian Staff review, 21 November 2014
Lawrence is a German electronic producer, possibly best known for his thoughtful progressive house label Dial and his "emo-house" opus 'The Absence of Blight', a sure gem that badly needs a repress. This is his "ambient" record, one kindly delivered to his friend's imprint Mule Musiq.
Twelve tracks here, a virtually beat-free experience full of glistening exploratory moods, isolated synth washes and twinkly ponderous pulses. It's a rather lovely listen indeed if not blindingly original. No tune overstays its welcome and it works rather well as a whole, comprising reasonably short pieces, bathing languidly in the realm of other more classic ambient records from Biosphere, Global Communication and early Mouse on Mars. There's some balmy glitch and tactile phosphorescence on one particular track that strongly recalls stuff I've heard on contemporary ambient labels such as Taylor Deupree's 12K.
I'd say if you trust this man as a producer, like many do, then this could be your sleepy time record of the week but something about it doesn't gel with me quite in the fashion that his last cinematic epic, 'Films & Windows' did. Almost every track reminds me texturally of some old thing I still love from the 90's, the golden era of ambient (after the 70's of course). Not to say it's in any way poor as it certainly isn't, perhaps just a tad derivative? As a homage to the older generation it is adequate.
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