Luke Abbott's newest release, Music For a Flat Landscape, follows in the footsteps of prior record Wysing Forest, unfurling a complicated electronic soundscape into something that's ultimately beautiful and accessible. This music was originally commissioned as a soundtrack for movie The Goob, but it stands as itself as impressionistic electronica that can be listened to for its own ambience.
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The Goob, from what I can get from imdb, is a gritty coming of age tale about a young lad and his mum’s new bloke and complications. ‘Goob’ is the name of the main character, the silliness of the word at odds with the pensive, restrained synthworks that Border Community mainstay Luke Abbott has laid underneath, playing at your emotions with assorted music machines.
I’m not sure leaving your emotions to a modular synth is a good idea, the erratic beasts. Abbott is all too familiar with this musical unpredictability, a theme he fully explored on last year’s Wysing Forest, a record that meandered much but settled on little. Those who enjoyed the exploratory, free feel of Wysing will find this one easy to dip into, as would anyone with patience really. It’s nice and calming, melodically pure and mostly devoid of rhythm. That may come as a source of frustration for those who long for the spangly-eyed upbeat Abbott we last heard on Holkham Drones and the cloud of associated EPs, but judging by his live set a few months back, he still knows how to coax infectious beats from his modular.
As a standalone piece of ambient electronica, it’s very good, and probably will contain even more value had you already watched The Goob. We may have to wait until his next release for some more ambitious tunes; this is not an essential piece of Abbott, but showcases a more intimate side of him in gentle chords and simple tones.
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