Available on CD and are ridiculously limited to only 100 copies in special packaging. Very minimal ambient aural landscapes filled with pure tones, warm static and field samples galore, sounds and pads washing in and out of each other with only mild glimpses of form. For fans of Celer, Stars of the Lid, Machinefabriek or Type records in general.
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Drone and daily life walk hand in hand on this blissful release from gasansui, a collection of pure ambient tones and wandering field recordings that move as if no one’s there to hear them. Interchanging between barely articulated, pillowy synth drone and dominant found sounds of water droplets and birds chirping, ‘Gallery Six’ is total reassurance, packaged up and sent to your front door: everything is fine outside, nature is at one with itself, you are doing fine. Go to bed.
gasansui’s work is busier than your average ambient soundscaper, sounding like if Loscil had detailed ‘Endless Falls’ with all the little ecosystems that live inside waterfalls. Tracks like “Hatsuyuku” beam with cascading, chiming sounds while the constant renewal of field recordings offers flowing streams, fluttering wings and anything else that suggests the cycle of nature. “Aurora” lights up the record with chords that splinter off and then return to the core, creating a textural framework that’s always there for you.
Stars of the Lid are an obvious influence over much of gasansui’s more synth-dictated work, with the sonorously slow “Compass Rose” echoing that feeling of inescapable slowness we all sometimes experience. Ultimately, though, ‘Gallery Six’ is an attempt at illustrating that movement -- be it through water travelling, drones rising or nature waking up -- can be as comforting as stillness. Fair warning, though: you might want to wear an umbrella when you listen to it. You don’t want to catch a drone cold.
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