The debut album from Å Asher-Yates is a fragile set of nature-inspired pieces that seem to slip back and forth between fluttering abstractions and ‘songs’. Mother’s Garden is bucolic and intimate like a woozy summer’s afternoon. Released by Shimmering Moods in a slender limited edition of 50 CDr copies, hand-numbered and hand-packaged.
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The second of the latest brace of releases from the dependable, ever-translucent Shimmering Moods imprint is the debut release from Anthony Asher-Yates. It’s an album of reflective ambience that sits / sways woozily at the bucolic end of the electro-acoustic spectrum. I mean, there’s an acoustic guitar in here for crying-out-loud! And very prettily picked it is too.
Asher-Yates has successfully evoked atmospheres of calm and moments of reflection on this record. It’s meditative, y’know? He wanted it to sound like he just sat down in a bed of grass or in the woods, strummed his instrument and just hit the record button. Mission accomplished, I guess. Field recordings -- birds twittering and other wildlife sounds collected in the countryside -- of course accompany the delicate drones, and yes: shimmering tones which adorn the record.
There are also what you could definitely call song structures. Summery songs, now that summer has ended obviously. Did I say the guitar on this record is pretty? Well it is. It really is. It is presented close-mic’d on a series of tranquil miniatures; the moments of wide-eyed clarity between the abstractions. Literal titles, too: ‘(Rain)’ contains sounds of a softly falling rain shower against Asher-Yates’ distant, muffled voice; ‘Song Bird Sounds’ features… oh, you guessed it. And the closing track, ‘Pretty Things’... does what it says on the tin too. All very pleasant.
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