Taylor Deupree (12k, Arc) and Marcus Fischer (Unrecognizable Now) have worked together as members of the abstract ambient group Between, Lowland is their third collaborative record together. Born from conversations with photographer Ester Vonplon about her travels to the Arctic, they create an audio tundra, abstract and glacial ambience.
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 02 August 2017
Artisan ambient label IIKKI curate another beautiful release between longtime drone compatriots Taylor Deupree and Mark Fisher. They last worked together on 'Twine', a twinkling drone album that sounded like a music box opening in super-slow motion; here they have dialogued with photographer Ester Vonplon, whose recent project took her to the Arctic Ocean to document changes in our climate we think of as remote occurrences.
Deupree and Fisher don't alter their style much here, creating a record of stilled drones interpolated by crackles, warps, plucks: these moments sound snatches of breath in a frozen environment, whisked into the air. Like the first IIKKI release by the wonderful Danny Clay, these scratching sounds on a surface of stagnating chords creates a juxtaposition of looping and meandering, the environment stretching far and wide in its inevitabilities. Between foreground and background, "On Branches" is both entirely still and constantly fidgeting.
As we don't have the book to hand, it's hard to tell how this record matches up with Vonplon's photography, but the record's patient, steady process suggests the very slow significances of our melting world. Its rustic feel, as on the guitar-meddling "Migrations", creates spaces the duo have usually set out to confine for comfort -- it's the same gorgeous sounds, but applied to a big, blank landscape.
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