Wolves and Horses, the recording moniker for Belgian ambient artist Christian SaintViteux makes music by finding a sound to set a mood and layers drones and other manipulated sounds on top. The five pieces on this self-titled EP are designed to soundtrack imaginary short films, having lighter and darker moments to intensify the drama.
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Imagine if you will Phil’s monthly massage. He’s stressed from another day answering your whinges and complaints, he’s micro-managed the office into total submission, he's checked the shelves of Asda for new items so the only thing left to do is to call his local masseur.
Once ensconced in the lush surroundings of Pudsey Massage he is dressed only in a soft white towel. As the masseur begins work the ambience has to be just right, enter to the fray Wolves and Horses - not the animals though - that would destroy the mood but this Belgian duo who make soft lathery new-age ambience relaxing enough to sooth even the most stressed out of businessmen. They use floating pianos and synth drones to build up layers of textured ambient bliss. This aural towelling is reminiscent of the cloudy textures of bvdub and Celer........... Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz............ sorry nodded off there. The album has done its job.
10/10 Anthony Bloxham Customer review, 12th August 2015
Wolves and Horses has created an excellent first album. The five tracks are lush and atmospheric, dark and mysterious. There is plenty on here to make you think and dream. The sound design is superb, and the CD package is beautifully manufactured. It is good to see another artist these days who still embraces the physical product distribution. Owning a copy of such great material feels very special.
This CD is highly recommended for those who want their music to speak to them about times forgotten and the lonely places of our world. Such concepts fit well with music such as this, and I find them very fascinating. There are shades of the obscure but brilliant Swedish soundmaster Ulf Söderberg in this recording, so anyone who is familiar with his work will not be disappointed by Wolves and Horses.
All around great release, and I am definitely buying the next.
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