Near The Parenthesis, the project of Tim Arndt, returns to an early idea with seventh LP Helical. Here, the percussive aspects of the Parenthesis sound are stripped away, leaving Arndt’s melodic ambient compositions to shine in their own right. Mmmm, shimmering. Available as a CD or as a grey / “coke bottle clear” coloured vinyl edition. On n5MD.
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I’m banishing myself into the corner with the hope I may visit upon yet another drone netherworld. Here lies the new record from well-rested busybee Tim Arndt, going under the far more convoluted moniker of Near the Parenthesis. That could well be the most drone artist name of all time -- sometimes I want to write my reviews for music like this entirely wrapped in parentheses, just to point out how quiet the music is, so I’m glad Arndt has done my job for me.
Arndt has abandoned all hope of percussion here, letting his momentarily drum shuffles peak shyly around the corner from his shimmering compositions. This ambient record has shades of Steve Hauschildt at his less narratively compelled, creating something on the brighter side of kosmische -- as if Nils Frahm was having a go at being Emeralds, maybe. His instrumentation is flittering and culminates in the kind of insect details that you might hear Danny Clay make in an attempt to introduce you to a nice landscape. At the same time, though, Arndt couples this naturalism with more synthetic sounds: distortion, synth, and gleaming piano. Ultimately, these are tampered ballads.
Arndt’s electronics and his solo piano work come together to balance ‘Helical’: it’s not overtly sentimental but it still has a toy box heart. Arndt can wind up these pieces and make them emotive, and then bring them back to their quiet, ruminative state. I know it's not commonplace to say this about an ambient album but... yum.
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