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Hood’s Richard Adams releases his fifth album as The Declining Winter on a small run CD-R. The isolated, lo-fi songs on Endless Scenery are centred around Adams’ looping, cyclical guitar playing and choral-inspired vocals. The suitably wintery tone is also expressed in the beautiful artwork from Athens label Sound in Silence.   

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  • / LAST FEW! Limited CDr on Sound In Silence. 2nd Pressing of 150 copies. Handmade and hand-numbered in hand-stamped white recycled cardboard envelope with polaroid style paste-on artwork and insert. Members of Hood.
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Endless Scenery by The Declining Winter
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 22 January 2016

Winter is still reclining, but eventually it’ll get on Richard Adams’ level and we’ll have some West Yorkshire sunshine to guide us through our cobbled days. In the meantime, the Hood alum has gone and made another record, following swiftly on the heels of the typically pretty, melodic and ever-so-lonely Home For Lost Souls. ‘Endless Scenery’ shimmers more, obscures Adams’ voice to the next level and overall feels like a more cyclical, looping piece of music, the kind that might play around in your head as you hide the world away from your bedroom.

This record has a gorgeous cascading feel, with nylon-string guitars trundling through “When He Was Alive”, complemented by Adams’ fogged up vocals to make for an almost personal reverence, like bedroom pop happening from the pews of a church. The sparkled guitar of “Light Glints On The Approach” fades in underneath what sounds like raindrops, gains a dual accompaniment and then fades into the distance, suggesting the same melodic modesty Adams has played with through all of his Declining albums.  The music doesn’t sound like it’s beginning, but rather that it’s coming closer, and then travelling away like night traffic as it disappears.

Where ‘Lost Souls’ often locked into a real sense of urgency, compelled by its ramshackle drumbeats and sirened melodies, ‘Endless Scenery’ is ultimately quieter and more sifting, moved by slow guitar figures, stilling piano chords and the odd chime. It’s lo-fi that knows better to punch above its weight, and as ever it’s very gorgeous indeed.


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