Keith Berry is a sound artist who defines the ambient drone genre. With releases on Infraction, Trente Oiseaux, Authorized Version and Twenty Hertz, Elixir sees him turn to Invisible Birds for deep granular exploration. Having already crafted an album from the source material which is yet to be released, Berry felt there was so much more to be done with it. So whilst these tracks come from the same place they go somewhere completely different.
Limited CD on Invisible Birds in gatefold sleeve. Artwork by Matthew Swiezynski. Design by Mount Analogue.
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British ambient/drone artist Keith Berry (last spotted on Infraction) offers up an enchanting medicinal potion comprised of twelve gulps, that once ingested induce something akin to that temporary state between sleep and waking, where time seems to stop.
‘Elixir’ can be viewed as something of a different take on source material that was originally used for a forthcoming album on Infraction. This tranquil, blurry, foggy ambient is the type of style usually executed over longform tracks, but these shorter durations mean the works are more concise - like a concentrated solution. I recommend swigging it all down in one hit. An immense amount of gorgeous, subtle detail emerges from the delicately fluttering layers - the impact something like a series of daydreams - like one of those moments where you might look out of a window at a tree and for a brief moment, you’re somewhere else -- outside of the window. A lot of artists in this field really churn them out - Berry isn’t a particularly prolific artist in terms of back catalogue - listening to ‘Elixir’ really gives the impression of a meticulous, focussed creative process. There’s something inexplicably stirring, mysterious and ghostly about this album - as though once finished, the master tapes received some additional production by supernatural forces.
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