While It Still Blooms is no insular offering; instead this is a sprawling and universe-sized expedition across a multitude of musical landscapes. Bristol-born Barnaby Carter pushes boundaries with beautiful, sprawling guitar and electro driven warmth - perfect for those autumnal/winter months.
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This record came out in October and must have got lost somewhere under the piles of tat we have to wade through but thank the lord it has finally risen to the surface as it is a beautiful work that we should be ashamed to have ignored. It consists of beautiful and delicate electronica that sits somewhere in between the bass-heavy kraut compositions of To Rococo Rot, the delicious spring-like electronica of Arovane's tides and perhaps just a hint of the late night melancholy of Burial.
Highlights are everywhere but I'm particularly enjoying the blend of samples and treated guitars that is 'Evening Redness' which has hints of that excellent Synkro record from last year. There's plenty of glitch-tronica that on 'Your Greatest Gifts' has something of the Notwist or Hood's early 2000s blend of real instruments (violins and guitars) with painfully precise programming. 'They'll Come With Joy' and 'Basti' both suggest what might result if a collaboration between Burial and Durutti Column had actually happened.
The violin too is a nice secret weapon particularly on 'This is Ours' where it skirls around the pulsating downbeat electronics. What I really enjoy about this album is how the disparate elements have blended together to create a sumptuous fusion of dub step, ambience and gentle post rock. It's a delight throughout, hugely atmospheric soundscapes that shouldn't be ignored. Shame on us.
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