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- The Sound Of Glades by Wolf Muller & Cass.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 17 August 2016
International Feel have been acing their school-year with a bunch of lovely ambient records smartly falling out of the strict categorisation of “meditative”. CFCF’s ‘On Vacation’ may have been their high point, a slice of electronic music masquerading as soft muzak, lathered with corny guitars and twilit percussion. This record is an extremely different affair, but continues to eschew standard ambient practices; Cass’s droning fogginess might seem more of the same at first, but it’s collated alongside the abstracted percussion of Jan Schulte, and then topped with swirling field recordings that make one feel as if they’re stepping that little bit further into one of Laraaji’s secret gardens.
New age has become something of a currency in the current ambient landscape, offering a sound that feels lusher and more omniscient in the synth department -- here, the sounds are somewhat aquatic, with squeaks emerging like radar and drones billowing downwards like waterfalls. On “Miyazaki” the duo create a bubbling sound between gently smacked hand percussion and a foggy ambience -- when Schulte finds a rhythmic pulse, Cass seems chirpy and responsive, seamlessly folding a synth melody out of the large blanket of drone -- a melody, by the way, straight out of “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”.
This record has a tune called “Appliepie Dreams”. Look how precious it is. It’s also proof that Cass and Schulte had a very democratic musical relationship, taking it in turns to lead their tunes down their rabbit holes -- this one is thrust into place with percussion and the samples follow it quite politely, while “Glade Runner” (look how precious, again), opens on beatless new age with chirping, synth blasts and what sounds like a remotely bleating sax. The beat, when it emerges, seems to be trying to make sense of it all, to give order to serenity. What a lovely record: it really sounds like they’re helping each other out.
8/10 Andrew Customer review, 16th August 2016
Balearic bliss on this 5 track mini album, the latest in a series of releases on International Feel, following on from CFCF and Len Leise. This is more of the same; music for sunsets and floating about on Mediterranean terraces in white linen trousers looking cool and relaxed.
Or you can do what I do and listen to this in your front room in Leeds drinking a cup of tea.
Regardless of your location, this is lovely stuff. Kicking off with a drifting, ambient number - The Sound Of Glades that lasts just over a quarter of an hour and surrounds you in washes of sound and jungle ambience. This is followed by the slightly drone like Miyazaki, possibly the weakest track.
Things swiftly pick up again on the B side - Aiolos, Applepie Dreams and Glade Runner are three lovely slices of Balearic grooves, shuffling beats, beautiful melodies all guaranteed to bring a slice of an Ibizan paradise beach to your ears.
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