Available on limited run of 100 10” vinyl on Low Point. Head honcho at Low Point Gareth Hardwick has released a number of small run CD-Rs and vinyls based around field samples, delicate fluttering guitar drones, harmoniums and lap steels. Two Songs being the latest, his last was focused around the shore and for this one he heads into the quiet of the city. A must for fans of Labradford, Pan American, Stars of the Lid.
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There’s not much I can really say about Gareth Hardwick’s new one because upon listening to it I have transcended sentient human life and become a sleeping tree. The first side of pretty much all of his records tend to do this for me, invoking a strange place between blissful and numbing. This one's got a clamouring drone that begins almost threateningly before becoming quieter and giving way to a treatise in fumbling found sound. Side A, as it is known, sees Hardwick blurt out his droning guitar before the whole thing softens adequately.
Side B sees our droner-in-chief open things up with a drizzly found sound with all the brevity of a twig snapping, before moving into a composition that mirrors Stars of the Lid in terms of its endlessly stretched harmonic intimacy. I like it when drones sound like love songs, and this one does just that -- until another found sound interrupts proceedings and our attention is turned to a gloomy, guts-spewing guitar abstraction of Sunn O))) proportions. Oh well. I still have love in my heart, and it’s all for Hardwick.
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