Quite an impressive set here from ambient Seattle residents Tiny Vipers. Ambience: 3 consists of a 7”, a CD that is packed to its 76 minute brim with brand new material and remixes of older stuff. Plus lovely leaflets, a portrait of the artist, a download code and all manner of other bits and pieces. Lots to get stuck into! On Box Bedroom Rebels.
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- Ambience: 3 by Tiny Vipers
7/10 Robin Staff review, 23 June 2015
The third installment in the rather candidly titled ‘Ambience’ series involves Jesy Fortino, also known under the downcast moniker of Tiny Vipers. Perhaps best known for her work with Grouper’s Liz Harris in the endlessly chill Mirroring, Fortino’s work is supremely gentle, her textures dialed down so they sound low and underwhelming. Her work incorporates tapes looping into death a la William Basinski and Ian William Craig -- but at lower volumes and with subtler crackle -- along with voices contentedly failing to permeate the wall of sound. It sounds like Grouper, sure, but it never reaches her torrential heights; quite frankly, she’s happy where she is.
‘Ambience 3’ predominantly consists of Fortino’s tape experiments, though these are interspersed with “Guitar”, a track simplistically titled in the tradition of this project’s devotion to minimalism. This improvisation recalls Loren Connors’ riff ambling on ‘Airs’ and ‘Blues’, though Fortino incorporates tiny specks of dissonance, bringing in and then delaying sampled sound to act as a sort of lopsided percussion. This piece echoes her tape drone in that it still meanders toward nothing. “Tape II” is a crystalline synth piece that shines as brightly as Kara Lis-Coverdale’s new record ‘Sirens’, albeit with a production quality that makes the light sound like it’s coming out of a cavern.
Fortino does toy with harsher presentations of her sound, and “Tape IV” rumbles with a sustained noise played off for its unsettling effect, a second loop eventually reinventing the track with a discomforting polyrhythm. Fortino shifts the track through subtle phases in the way Vladislav Delay would before upping the volume for a scarring, thirteen minute piece of anachronistic tape drone in “Tape V”. Her sound is versatile but not for the shock factor; these compositions build on one another without us even noticing. Comes with a couple of sick remixes; get with the programme, ambient chums.
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