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- Light Loss by offthesky
7/10 Jim Staff review, 01 March 2015
Here's another Offthesky album of flawlessly produced, ethereal ambient music. Offthesky is basically the solo project Denver-based sound/video artist Jason Corder, who has been releasing electronic music for a while now on labels such as 12k, Zymogen, Home Normal, Hibernate, SEM, Symbolic Interaction and Experimedia. As its title kinda suggests, 'Light Loss' takes its inspiration from the turn of the season from Autumn to Winter; that time when, as I seem to remember Knut Hamsun once put it, everything changes colour and dies.
So as you might have guessed, slowly enveloping drones, wistful ambience and mournful arrangements are the order of the day -- although it's not as dark a listen as I was expecting. It took Corder two years to put this album together and he's sourced quite an array of musicians who contribute to the luxuriant tonal richness of the music here; there are sparse cello and violin stretches, the more familiar electric guitar drones, some atonal noise textures, a drum kit freakout and some gorgeous vocal harmonies. The whole album is seamlessly put together and the weighting of relatively silent passages in contrast to moments of imponderable density is extremely deft. For my tastes its almost too perfect; I keep yearning for something more rough hewn to break out of the glacial, elegiac drift. But that's just me, as this is an undeniably beautiful recording.
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