Michigan glitch-merchant The Green Kingdom takes things down a notch with an ambient effort. Loveliveson is a looping, dreamlike experience that softly softly envelops the listener in glacial wisps of atmospheric niceties. Relaxed, restrained and exquisitely paced. Out on limited edition CD from Disq An.
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- Loveliveson by The Green Kingdom
7/10 Jim Staff review, 30 April 2015
Michigan producer Michael Cottone has been releasing records regularly as The Green Kingdom for a few years now, with this EP his first for Alexandre Navarro's (AN) French imprint Disq AN. The disc fuses the atmospheric drift of ambient electronica with the focused restraint of some crystalline guitar melodies. His use of subtle glitch-based rhythms and modulating surfaces of texture and melody remind me a little of Alva Noto's gentler moments, the restrained guitar work perhaps a little like Ryuichi Sakamoto's piano work on his duets with Nicolai.
As you'd expect given those comparisons, it's all impeccably constructed; particularly the sections where Cottone builds up layers of flickering electronic fields and overlapping bittersweet guitar lines, as on 'The Waking Haze', which has a slight thread of unease undercutting its dreamy surface. There are points in 'Ascension' when the strummed, deconstructed jazz chords and slick electronic backing veer uncomfortably close to easy listening, but this is redeemed by the final section of the closing title track when the opening drone and abstracted textures bloom into hypnotically syncopated synth tones.
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