The always fabulous Astral Industries label present the first new material in 22 years from Rod Modell (DeepChord, cv313) and the elusive Chris Troy as Waveform Transmissions. Their previous album of drifting, droning ambient came via Italy's Silent label in 1996, and then, nothing...
'V 2.0-2.9' is comprised of four eighteen minute cuts of serene ambient bliss, each luxuriously spread across a full side of vinyl. Housed in a gorgeous gatefold sleeve with artwork by Theo Ellsworth.
9/10 Ant Staff review, 21 September 2017
The ever reliable Astral Industries imprint bring us the first new material in over 20 years from Detroit dub techno/celestial ambient master Rod Modell (DeepChord, cv313) and the elusive Chris Troy operating as Waveform Transmission. The former is a familiar and prolific artist with tons of releases on his echospace [detroit] label, the latter we pretty much know zip about. Their last album came out in 1996 on Italy's Silent label and then the project appeared to have been put to bed. Their new offering ‘V 2.0-2.9’ is much warmer than the glacial droning of that record, and more stylistically similar to Modell’s previous output on Astral Industries i.e DeepChord’s ‘Lantern’ and his lush re-interpretation of Peter Michael Hamel’s ‘Colours Of Time’.
'V 2.0-2.9' is comprised of four eighteen minute tracks of immensely serene ambient bliss, each cut luxuriously spread across a full side of wax. It’s an absolute peach from beginning to end.
This is what I want from ambient music - I’m not interested in grey aural wallpaper. I want it to take me back into the womb, I want it to take me away from this ball of rock that’s being destroyed by greedy, self-destructive primates, I want it to take me into space, I want it to take me to fucking heaven. And it does. As opening track ‘V 2.0-2.1’ begins to take hold, it’s as though the room is gently being flooded by peculiar liquids and gases that have a narcotic effect, the space slowly filling until we're submerged in amniotic fluid and then, the world just goes away - it’s like an entrance to a better place. And that place feels infinitely spacious and tangible - you feel like you can move around in there -- but materials aren’t solid and you don’t breath in air - it’s like a dimension that’s made of some sort of liquid gel type plasma and gravity ceases to exist . It’s a liberating weightless sensation worthy of the sort of cliché you could apply to a classic ambient/chill out album in that it literally feels like Floating in a sea of tranquility.
The first time I heard the second track (worth the cost of entry alone) ‘V 2.2-2.3’ it completely froze me. I was so covered with goosebumps that my body temperature dropped and I had to put on a wooly cardigan. It’s an absolutely exquisite piece of music, deeply soul stirring and emotive - perhaps imagine Burial’s melancholy ambient interludes as to the sorta mood it creates. And sonically, it’s not dissimilar either. It could just keep playing for all of eternity and I’d be quite happy. It has been said that Modell listens to his endless tape loops all day -- the man really understands the power and mesmerizing properties of the perfect loop.
The mood darkens a notch or two on ‘V 2.4-2.7’ where deep space is illuminated by glimpses of radiant fluorescent lights and you can feel the texture and grit of floating rock detritus passing by. By the time we get towards the end it’s like arriving on a new planet and we hear mysterious avian type lifeforms in the distance. The final track ‘V 2.8-2.9’ is like wandering through the glistening jewelled caverns that adorn the sleeve, like the halls of a palace from an ancient alien civilisation.
I’m not suggesting you panic buy this record before it disappears. I’m instructing you to do precisely that, because if you hear it down the line and decide you want a copy, the chances are you’ll be looking on Discogs and the vultures will have had them - The cheapest copy of the DeepChord record on this label is £220!!! Sad but true. Housed in a gorgeous gatefold sleeve with artwork by Theo Ellsworth. Highly recommended.
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