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The first release from new project Great Panoptique Winter (made up of members of Pretty Boy Crossover and Hood) has been assembled part by part, from the drum loops up. The results have a delicate, frosty atmosphere. Wildness is presented in a limited edition of 200, in a handmade envelope-CDr-polaroid assemblage, on Sound In Silence.

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  • / Limited edition CDr on Sound In Silence. 200 handmade, numbered copies, in blue recycled cardboard envelope with polaroid style photo. aka Richard Adams of Hood/The Declining Winter and Jason Sweeney of Panoptique Electrical/ Pretty Boy Crossover

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Wildness by Great Panoptique Winter 1 review. Add your own review. 9/10
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9/10 Staff review, 17 September 2015

Within Wildness lies the longest distance collaboration that can exist on Earth without venturing into low polar orbit. It’s a collaboration, four years in the making, between Richard Adams of The Declining Winter and Jason Sweeney aka Panoptique Electrical, hailing from the quaint streets of York, England and Adelaide, Australia respectively. They say that distance makes the heart grow fonder, so expect the most fond CD ever.

The sound stage is filled by Noah Symons’ partially assembled drum cycles underpinning Adams heartfelt breathy vocal style that Declining Winter fans will recognise, as well as truly wintery instrumental swells that consist of a wider range of sounds than I can count - pianos are there, but there are also a number of keyboards imitating organs and woodwinds. Anyway these are all parts of a nicely blended whole, the sonic equivalent of a lone campfire in a snowstorm. Two of the tracks are especially amazing - the textural ‘How the Sun Leaves’ is a breath of layered air between the more energetic grooves elsewhere, the more percussive songs culminating in ‘Whiteout’, whose quiet grandiosity combines with polyrhythmic piano playing to complete the haze.

Originally released sometime last year as a download, this release does the music justice with a detailed, wonderfully tactile package from the Sound in Silence crew, but as per usual it’s very limited, get them while you can.



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