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Pausal, the duo of Alex Smalley (Olan Mill) and Simon Bainton, make thick hazes of rather lovely ambient drones. Avifaunal, which grew out of sessions in a village hall in rural Wales, is an intuitive exploration of textures, with various synths, processes and turntable fragments folded into the mix. CD release on Dronarivm, limited to 200 copies.

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Avifaunal by Pausal
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8/10 Jamie Staff review, 10 May 2017

Well, what a beauty. Alex Smalley and Simon Bainton present their fifth full-length with ‘Avifaunal’ -- their first for Moscow’s palace of indie //drone, Dronarivm. Deceptively thickly layered sounds form a hypnotic haze of ambient; richly atmospheric, with plenty of patches of bright white light filtering through the fog.

‘Murmuration’ -- arriving in three distinct but interwoven episodes -- was ‘presented’ / recorded live in a rural Welsh village hall... and it’s utterly magnificent. An object lesson in how to build up tension, over the course of its 11-minute opening section, through to the release and slow dissipation of clarified fragments of electronic sound, it finally reveals itself as an eked-out pocket symphony. These ears have heard an awful lot of drone throughout their lengthening career and beyond, so you would think they know what they’re communicating.. Well you’d hope. Then close your eyes and try not to think of a cathedral when you hear the massive organ on ‘Spiral’... See, you just can’t do it. Can you?


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