Marta Mist are an experimental ambient trio from leeds, creating expansive live ambient works. With previous releases on Heat Death and Hibernate records, they always make the releases interesting and tactile, with self-released Tonnes/Years released on reclaimed USB sticks. The deluxe version of Scavengers comes housed in an oil painted Hardy Boys hardback with a 75 year old map, and a collection of hardy boys goodies such as playing cards, badges and a whistle! A truly unique release.
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- TRS059 / Limited deluxe art edition CD in gorgeous bespoke packaging on Time Released Sound. Edition of 55 copies
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 21 January 2016
Straight out of the foothills of Leeds, Marta Mist are a trio so mysterious that even we don't know who they are. We'd like to get to know them well though as this stands heads and cellos above the usual ambient tat.
There are just two tracks but don't even think about being short changed. Opener 'Scavengers' has deliciously muffled piano notes joined by gorgeous violin/viola playing which curls around the notes. Added to this are reverbed voices. In my head I'm tring to cross Nils Frahm with Seefeel to see if that is an apt comparison. The delicious violin playing (possibly sampled as it's almost unnaturally high at times) reminds me a little of the playing on the first Brave Timbers album - that in itself influenced by Dirty Three - but here beats are added too to give the track a pleasing electronic feel.
Due to my limited time I've had to skip to 'Hunters' the second track which begins with some seriously tape delayed Basinski piano and gorgeous cinematic (I'm going to make a decision on this) viola. This track is more dark soundtrack compared to the rather hazy and beaty 'Scavengers' Fans of Max Richter, Johan Johannson will lap this up cat-like.
A really nice release but be warned you've already missed the prepost-a-package option. Still, with music this good who needs a 75 year old map?
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