Some shadowy sounds from Elian. Harrowgate is the new five tracker from American producer Michael Duane Ferrell. Hes delving into the sonic pallet, blending white-noisey fuzz with tripped out synths and ominous atmospherics. Going deep into the ocean or far out into space, he's looking for something in the darkness. Out on CD from Home Normal.
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If, like me, you like your ambient albums to sound like they’ve been beamed in from another dimension, then you’d do well to check out this unassuming disc on Home Normal by US producer Elian. The sounds on the album are as alluring and cryptic as the cover art with warm synth pads giving way to oblique rhythmical textures, with abstract tones emerging and fading into organic patterns of distortion and decay.
There are moments that remind me fleetingly of Vangelis, Conrad Schnitzler, Thomas Köner and even the mellower side of Mika Vainio, with sweeping orchestral expanses drifting into interstellar alien transmissions and all getting boiled down to a bacterial scale in the space of a few minutes. Apart from his actual sound palette, it’s Elian’s sense of pace that makes this such a rewarding listen; the tracks seemingly grow according to their own internal logic that never feels forced, while at the same time they are constantly evolving in fascinating ways so that you never feel you’re watching paint dry.
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