Wil Bolton built this album out of tantalising materials: most sounds here are either field recordings from the streets of Tallinn or “loops I lifted from the quietest sections of old dusty charity shop records”. All this was reprocessed, rearranged, and rounded off with instrumental tracks to form Inscriptions. Released on Dronarivm.
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8/10 Laurie Staff review, 23 September 2015
The other office goons are having a raucous indie disco behind the review station, so this is the perfect time to take five and slip into those pyjamas and put on Wil Bolton’s latest thing Inscriptions. I will quote our serial describer Tom once more for this, because it couldn’t be better put - this album is “built from tantalising materials”. It began as an experiment to make droney loops out of the quiet bits of dusty ol’ charity shop records, so there’s your crispy base. It’s then topped with various synths both warm and cold, the rich sauce. Add biting acoustic guitar and piano and you’ve got an absolutely delicious pizza. Record! Record.
There’s a permanent crackly fog present on Inscriptions, a remnant of a once meaningful message through time, a statement of an everlasting art that defies, even embraces, decay. Layers of these are so multitudinous they form a deep, maximal drone world with a constant unfurling of detail. It sort of sounds like either dawn or dusk, one of those dimly-lit transitional periods of the day, drenched in dew and obscurity. I swear I can hear creatures calling in the distance. This is great, sort of like the recent Hibernate stuff. But with more creatures.
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