A nine-track release from Joseph Shabason entitled Atyche. This release is a true experimental record that Shabason himself has spoken out about and the difficult struggles with mental health and the theme of assisted suicide. A mix of gentle electro-jazz and ambient drones in the background allows this album to help you sink into deep thought. Available vinyl LP and CD.
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 23 August 2017
Look at all these synth folks and their brassy buddies, making music together as if it’s totally normal. Well it is normal, much more normal than any of the other random noise noodling that Robin is forced to endure every day at the review station under threat of the sack. Robin Sackville-Baggins. This is not too random or noisy, but there’s a fair level of noodle, albeit the calm, steady noodling of the ambient style, combining chill electronic tones with jazzy instrumentation.
The brass & winds, especially considering the synth-drenched backdrop, really remind me of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s Norman-chart-topping EARS from last year, but the difference is that she only needed herself to become a wondrous orchestra. The synths on that album also bubble with the flurry of a living creature, but these tend to sit still like, well, Ian.
This album, much loved by our Ian when it emerged from our speakers, suffers from the same problem that he criticises The Campfire Headphase for - it's a bit coffee table at times, indeed, the post-it on the front of our promo copy says “like ambient David Sylvian”. I’ve instructed myself to be a bit less harsh at this point, so here’s something I really like, those wacky effected guitar segments such as throughout ‘Smokestack’ and ‘Belching Smoke’ the latter punctuated by some great light blastbeats. There we go, saving grace.
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