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Limited CD on Temporary Residence aka Adam Wiltzie from Stars of The Lid.
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Come now. Adam Bryanbaum Witzie has more soundtracking of peaceful sleeps and cinematic turning points to do, having not been satiated by his time in the best drone act of all time, Stars of the Lid, nor its marvellous offshoots. Our dude is pretty much synonymous with shifting layers of synth at this point, maker of the warmest and grandest nap music of the last couple decades; his contribution to the ‘Travels In Constants’ series treads the same old ground, existing between the deadness of quiet and the behemothic soundscaping of the whole wide world.
Those familiar with Witzie will of course enjoy these sonorous, orchestrally supplemented drones, which for the most part rise into existence, fade out of it and continue phasing in that way until they pass on. Taking a similar tack to Witzie’s work with A Winged Victory for the Sullen, these drones feel airier and more related to surroundings than those made for Stars; they’re navigated especially by brief bass tones, which give the record an overpowering feel, like a film achieving its full effect on the big screen.
The record tails off with a nice brassy drone that reminds me of how humanised Witzie’s work has become over the last few years; where its anonymity was part of its appeal in the old Stars days, now there’s the feel that a heart beats behind this music, an orchestra detailing the crescendoing ambience to its resting point. It’s only fifteen minutes, but it’s the same old bliss.
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