Be My Friend in Exile is a one man project. Bound by an Endless Desire to Wander Down Avenues of Apathy is an album of ambient soundscapes made up from field recordings, loops, samples and fragile guitar that focus on loneliness and coping with being alone. CD on Home Normal, limited to 100 copies.
8/10 Ant Staff review, 14 October 2015
‘Bound by an Endless Desire to Wander Down Avenues of Apathy’ is a lovely self released CD by this self-taught musician who since 2012 has had a few CD and tape releases on various underground ambient labels; Somehow Recordings, Twice Removed, diametric. and Already Dead. Drinking from a deep pool of influences and gulping down works from Deathprod, Grouper, Jacaszek, Arkhonia, Coil, Moon Zero etc. He creates dark ambient/ ethereal drone soundscapes with an added dose of melancholy - through some brittle guitar work.
It’s deeply, introspective and emotive music - a gateway into the dark and lonely side of the human psyche. The track titles on this album would give Keiji haino a run for his money; ‘Subtle indoctrination of a society lusting after happiness in any shape and form’, ‘The cruel paradox by which we always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love’, ‘What happens when the one who dreamt us wakes up and feels ashamed?’. The soul stirring foggy, hazy grayscale drone clouds are the perfect backdrop for the guitar playing which elevates this work beyond much of the dark droney music that’s around giving this work some real personality. So that by the time the album close you feel you’ve been engaged in a (albeit one-way) conversation with the artist.
Fans of Daniel Thomas Freeman, Barn Owl, Leyland Kirby and Peter Wright oughta check this out. Edition of 100 copies.
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