Deep after-hours ambience from Night Foundation, released underneath the guise of a monochrome piece of sleeve-art so grainy we might have dreamed it. Memory Bells contains three lengthy pieces, using synth hardware, tape loops, and even some trumpet if you listen carefully. 12” on Lobster Theremin.
Vinyl 12" £12.99 £10.39 LSS002
Silver ink hand-stamped white label 12" EP in a black matte with silver screen-printed design front and LSS logo on Back. Includes an A6 postcard insert. Edition of 300 copies.
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Lobster Sleep Sequence’s first release, a record by Thet Liturgiske Owäsendet was universally appreciated by our team and had us all set aside our differences and unite in a huge ambient group hug. Therefore, we’ve been waiting with much anticipation to hear what their next move would be…
It’s a debut release by visual artist Richard Vergez operating as Night Foundation, and turns out he’s as capable with his ears as he is with his eyes - as the ‘Memory Bells’ EP is the perfect prescription for what ails you in the modern world. A pretty looking thing it is too; a silver ink hand-stamped white label 12", nestled inside a black matte sleeve with gorgeous silver screen-printed art, and an A6 postcard insert, in an edition of 300 copies.
‘Memory Bells’ comprises the first side of the EP and gets working with hypnotic bell like bleeps, blue strings and a gloriously melancholy sound that feels almost Egyptian or something. It really makes me think of if you slowed a Jamal Moss record right down to a snail's pace - it has that sort of mystical quality that sounds like some sort of ancient ritual music. There’s certainly a German influence that can be heard on ‘Miracle Center’ that reminds me of older ambient stuff with the same influence, particularly Global Communications ‘76:14’ and even a wee bit of very early Black Dog. There’s a really eerie, atmosphere to this tune that’s dark in a mysterious way rather than foreboding. Subtle, sparse drum machine provides a gentle pulse, over which more bell like twinkles underpin some ghostly theremin like synth and some heavier psychedelic synth action. At this point it becomes apparent just how apt an artist name Night Foundation is - this really is music for the small hours -- one of those records to assist entering your own little internal space as others sleep. ‘Chiaroscuro’ almost sounds like a krautrock track that’s been partially dissolved in bleach, leaving smudged traces and residue as it dissolves.
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