Gregg Kowalsky, who used to be half of Date Palms, presents new work. L’Orange L’Orange grew out of earlier work for manipulated tape machines, but takes that approach into lusher territory with a suite of dense and delicious ambient tracks that are almost pop-like in their listenability. Released on Mexican Summer.
8/10 Jamie Staff review, 07 November 2017
Well, this is nice. Oh, You’re probably expecting a little more than that… I’m sorry but I’m suddenly overcome by the waves of sheer ambient bliss washing over me after yet another in a long line of industrious yet instructive days here at the Towers. Not wanting to adjectivally short-change you, this record from Gregg Kowalsky (ex of neofolkies Date Palms) is actually lovely; it’s lushly ambient and richly melodic with many a feathery synth to tickle your fancy, should you be so inclined. Oh, plus an underwater piano on track 5.
Had the phrase not yet been coined repeatedly by Kompakt records for their famous series of the same name, I’d be tempted to call this music Pop Ambient. But it’s real name is L’Orange L’Orange. Don’t ask me why -- it suggests a limited palette -- I mean, how many shades of orange can you get? A lot, would seem to be the answer to that question -- judging by the range of tones and timbres on show throughout this hazily dreamy disc. The listening experience is not unlike submerging yourself into a lovely relaxing bubble bath, at just the perfect temperature. Caveat: you won’t want to get out. May you remain smooth and unshrivelled for as long as possible.
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