‘The Parallels & Rhythms’ EP is Portland composer Sage Taylor’s second release on Dutch label Shimmering Moods Records. The A side is a perfectly flawed and serene work of ambient, blissed out peacefulness while the two B sides are both warm and hazy summer time tracks. Very limited edition with no repress.
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On Marbley white wax we have a record that is released on a label called “Shimmering Moods Records”, which, unless steeped in irony, almost nullifies any external description. You know what you’re getting into here. But a few blobs of different coloured plastic and an obviously spaced-out label name aren’t gonna get you that coveted 10/10 now are they?
No. So on to the actual review. Sage Taylor is either a multisubgenre ambient dreamer called Sage or a very wise man named Taylor. From the first listen, it is clear that both are true - the latter’s wisdom definitely present in his ability to cobble together some desert island textures, assuming that you’d be utterly happy on a desert island. I think Shimmering Moods Records signed this one well, it’s full of shimmering moods. The ‘Parallels’ that make up the first side are all shiny ambiance, full of subtle cricket glitches and seconds-long chord swells. They explore a couple of varied tones, from the bright sparkle of ‘I’ to the throatier but still damn peaceful dirge of ‘II’. They’re nice, IDM-influenced chillout bits, nothing too showy.
Over to side B for some solid ‘Rhythms’, and this is a weird one. They’re both sort of dub techno/ambient house, very restrained, with airy atmospherics floating around in ‘I’ that remind me of some good Wisp tracks. There’s some nice bassline and percussive action here to give it a little bit of oomph and slow movement. On to ‘II’ and it gets strange - the rhythm is sort of a 4x4 groove with a bit cut off at the end that gets a bit confusing and certainly hard to follow, even for Normanites such as yourself. It’s just a bit of a juxtaposition with the distant space synth chords spraying away gently behind. An interesting experiment, but if ‘zoned-out’ is what Taylor was going for, things like that tend to break the spell. Anyway, wise or not, this is definitely a nice chill release that’ll accompany a nice shimmering mood for sure.
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