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Radiance and Instability by Cremation Lily
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9/10 Ant Staff review, 10 December 2015

Zen Zsigo's Cremation Lily output has appeared mostly appeared on his Strange Rules label but also on Harbinger Sound, Alter etc. For 'Radiance and Instability' the artist holds off on the power electronics/ noise for a gorgeous cassette EP of forlorn ambient techno for Opal Tapes.

‘Presence of Light’ simmers with glowing layers of melancholy synth and what appears to be very subtle, spectral found sounds in the distance. ‘As a Sea Creature Might Watch From the Aquarium’ is a right tear jerker, with a gentle heart-wrenching loop hovering over the muffled stomp of a functional kick and hi-hat. As it progresses, gradually the textures of the individual sounds seem to merge into a dreamy haze, with little snatches of sound breaking through, the synth dissolving into beautiful wispy trails.

‘Radiance and Instability’ is a really pretty, introspective track with brittle chiming melodies hovering above what sound a little like Tibetan singing bowls and processed field recordings. ‘The Shelves of Gravel’ evokes a ghostly zone similar to Aphex Twin’s ‘Selected Ambient Works’ and also reminds me of some of The 7th Plain stuff Luke Slater did on GPR in the back in the mid 90’s. Soul stirring and cloaked in reverb it’s perfect 5am listening. The way the tracks follow one another is really cohesive so I reckon you really wanna be taking this in as a whole. Lovely stuff.


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