Another shimmering little ambient release from the Shimmering Moods label, presented in beautiful hand-made ‘special packaging’ in an edition of only 100 copies. TimeDog’s record, The Fragile Present, moves through bliss, tension, heavy melancholy, unease, and back to bliss again over the course of just under an hour.
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This is the touching story of a cold christmas day where a dog gives a kid a present that’s really fragile and oh no he almost drops it but it’s fine he didn’t. If that wasn’t too bullshitty, it would probably make a good festive cartoon. This is not the touching story of a cold christmas day, this is actually a statement about our fragile existence in the present. The now, not the wrapped.
Providing us with some more Shimmering Moods this time around is TimeDog, the intergalactic alias of Pete Burton, a Glaswegian on a mission to discover out-there sounds and himself. What at first appears to be a nice excursion into peaceful synthy ambient turns out to be a venture into unease by ‘Ancient Tales’, complete with low droning cello-like bowed guitar and dissonant scratching. The synths make their way in all the way through in some way, this time as a quiet bleepy dribble, mimicking some kind of techno bird - perhaps they can use this sound for military drones in the future to make it sound like they’re friendly and not killing people.
There’s real diversity here, the album continuing to surprise. ‘Fear of Change’ is an abstract cluster of spontaneous percussion, thin but crushing strings and the occasional bell, rising as you’d expect from a hollywood horror soundtrack before breaking down into various treated field recordings. So much change, I am actually scared, sorry Dog. Snatches of beautiful piano emerge and I don’t know where I am.
I don’t have enough time to fully digest this, as it’s a 77 minute mega opus and travels further than I do in a month. The Fragile Present is sprawling and varied, bordering on indeterminate but just about understandable. Have an 8, I really don’t know!
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