Another fine stretch of deep-reaching ambience from the Shimmering Moods imprint. Fontaine paints 4 audio pictures, with rich dark hues of electronic drift. As ever with this label, the music is packaged within handmade covers, with photos and a brown paper wallet. Only 50 copies of Diamond Lake available, so don’t wait around.
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 06 January 2016
This one is not so Shimmering really. It would have made more sense to make a sublabel called Hovering Mood Records just for this one, it’s tones thick and groaning like the trunk of an old oak. But how silly of me, not all records on Shimmering Moods have to be shimmering, just like how not all records on Young Turks have to be good.
Regardless of the visual motion of the moods here, they are certainly strong and inevitably relaxing. Development over the course of the tracks is slow and inexact, the melodic tones sounding one chord or alternating between two, while some rainy noise thing enters during second track ‘Moths on a Yellow Moon’. Poor, soaked moths. Things feel a bit more shimmering now. ‘Red Mesa’ sounds like the ghost of a Gregorian Monk, caught in suspended animation for minutes on end while something rustles in the bushes. It’s all quite safe ambient-y ambient so far, but the cautious crackling and first moments of sparseness during the last track that offers some break from the constant wall of swelling tones.
Still, what do you expect? Every album can’t break new ground, otherwise what would we all stand on? Wise.
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