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Richard Neale complements Part 1 with Deep Blue (Part 2), a sweet-feeling set of twinkling melodic pieces for electronics, guitars, vocals and ambience. Small epics. The CD is presented in fancy die cut hexagonal packaging, designed especially for this release. Edition of 100 copies on Rain Bear Records.


CD EP housed in custom made, die-cut and litho printed hexagonal packaging. Edition of 100 copies.

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Deep Blue (part 2) by Richard Neale
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8/10 Jamie Staff review, 30 March 2016

So here we have Part 2 of the Deep Blues, this being the literal follow-up to last year's -- well, you guessed it; or perhaps you already have it. A logical continuation of the loveliness we have come to expect from Richard Neale, albeit a more melodic journey than on the previous episode. I could, at this point, mention the usual ambient and post-rock reference points... and I think I will; except... overall, this is a sound closer to a loved-up Mogwai (does such a thing exist?) or a playful Mum, rather than Sigur Ros. There. Now that's out of the way... slow-build lullabies punctuated by child-like xylophone with cascading miniature piano motifs and a synthesis of strings looping, entwining and wrapping over each other. Ambient synth vignettes. Even a vocal, on the alt.folkiness of a very short but very pleasant track 8, "Check The Gate".

We ride out the EP on the crest of the final, beat-driven electronic wave, all too soon.


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