Delicious ambience inspired by a trek across the landscapes of Alaska by Leeds musician Dominic Deane aka Ten. Ten is an ever-morphing entity of droning soundscapes and blissed out neo-classical compositions and on this record produces nine tracks of shifting textures all housed in an extremely limited fold out CD.
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As TEN, Dominic Deane is a drone archeologist. He arrives when post-rock has collapsed and all there’s left to do is sift through its debris, his records swirling in and out of different types of aftermath ambience, embittered by fuzz or aided by a tiny dash of crackle. ‘Yukon Youth’ might be his loveliest rumination yet, fully suggesting his full band and the way they can all disassemble sound for the best.
It’s first obvious that this is a group effort on “FB”, where Sarah Tyler’s clarinet opens these wide, abstracted spaces to the possibility of balladry. Often on this record, the processed guitars, minute field recordings and sharp synth figures meet some sort of central narrative, with the bass ruptures and synth waves of “DP” given a climax of ghostly chord rise. “BD” is arguably Deane’s most melancholic work yet, a soul-sucking drone with melodic stabs of sound and a final declaration of hopelessness found in stray piano notes. Coated in his usual ambience, which both whispers and scars, it feels profoundly epic.
As the record goes on, it becomes clear that Deane and co. are making their noisiest record yet, an unforgiving treatise that loses its way and ends up in the dissonant doom void of “YOYOYO”. If they get back out, they’ll have their work cut out making something this intense again.
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