Moon Ate The Dark are bring together melodic piano / violin and electronics: sometimes the electronics lightly tinge the acoustic instruments, sometimes the piano will be only a small corner of an electro-acoustic drone. II is, funnily enough, their second record, and comes packaged in the style of a book. On Sonic Pieces.
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9/10 Laurie Staff review, 03 July 2015
Following on from Jasmine Guffond’s Yellow Bell, the drones of which lulled Robin towards the edge of comprehension, Sonic Pieces release a record of stately piano and steady strings snuggling up to the warm but unpredictable body of electronics.
II, an album by a group of people called Moon Ate the Dark, is the logical follow up to I because of numbers. The record lies at the intersection of the acoustic and electronic worlds, presenting you with a familiar tender instrumental line, which, with varying degrees of subtlety, takes on a new identity through electronic manipulation. The overall tone is fragile and nostalgic, with harmony similar to the nicer side of the post-rock of yore, but with adventurous instrumentation and excellent textural command. It’s a bit Philip Glass, a bit Ryan Teague and a bit deep drone near the end. ‘Sleepy Vipers’ is a wonderful excursion into eviscerated pianos, segueing to some beautiful slithering string action later on.
This is a treat. There’s also an LP version with both 2 albums on, presented in Sonic Pieces’ loverly fabric jacket, if that takes your fancy.
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