Olan Mill is proud to present Cavade Morlem, a richly textured album of drone-based composition, built up from original tracks of voice, organ, violin and guitar (though much of the time, the origins of the sounds are obscured). A calming slice of sound, appropriately released on the Dronarivm album.
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 30 July 2015
Olan Mill are a drone duo rather than an obscurely named lower division football club, and ‘Cavade Marlem’ is their latest offering of supremely minimalist, Youtube-playlist appropriate ambient. Earlier this year, Laurie fell into a blissful and smiley sleep while taking in the sounds of the band’s ‘Half Seas Over’ record on Home Normal, and this release for Dronarivm doubles down on the quiet ecstasy: these tones sound like a landscape disappearing in high definition.
Much of ‘Cavade Marlem’ came from live performances which were then traced back from and sampled; live processed violin appears, as well as organ drones and vocal fog, each discombobulated by an anonymous framework of sound. It’s hard to tell apart different fragments of the band’s sound when all we hear is the sheen from each processed instrument, rising and falling like Stars of the Lid tucking in Chihei Hatakeyama. As far as Olan Mill records go, this is the least epic, fleeting by in subtle layers and requiring little patience in its seamlessness.
Choice moments see Olan Mill make the kind of gorgeous, epiphanic moment we’ve come to expect, like the screeching sounds of “Byruck”, which recall Julianna Barwick’s beautiful arrangements on ‘Nepenthe’: slicing through the ether of drone to deliver a message, the song eventually backs down and lets the record float on. Floating is pretty great; y'all should try it.
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