British ambient guitar strummer and really Christmassy guy Yellow 6 has rush released a two track EP containing music written in the wake of the death of Tony Conrad (therefore made really recently). It comes on this most unusual of formats a minimax CD which is actually a 5” size CD with a 3” silvered playing surface. Madcap. Expect the usual blissed out beauty with nods to Vini Reilly and La Bradford.
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Lovely, delicately strummed ambient guitar from yellow6. I’m a lucky guy to be listening to this, today, on a Tuesday with the sun filtering through the streaky, late-Spring skies over Holbeck. The rays percolate through the trees by the overpass, if I turn my neck just far enough without straining as my back is to the far-side office windows coated with Leeds ring road grime. Advantageously, yellow6 performs a similar feat with his dextrous fret manipulation and misty morning atmospherics.
Two long-form tracks then, with ‘springsun’ recorded in what I imagine are similar -- although perhaps greyer, damper and foggier -- conditions to these; to evoke, in me at this moment, feelings of melancholy mixed with joyful wonder at all things fragile and temporary. The track, having warped and skewed my sense of time so dramatically that it could have been playing either for three hours or two minutes, fades out at the fifteen minute mark or thereabouts.
‘Conrad 2’ was born out of one of two single-take improvisations indirectly inspired following the death of Tony Conrad. It’s a work of delicate, gossamer spun-out fragility; elongated and tense dynamics underpinned by hypnotic playing and layers of translucent ambience of the highest order. An involving, slow-burning and emotional listen.
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