Fireplace soundartist Taylor Deupree offers more of his bitty but warm experiments on Fallen. With principle photography for the artwork taken in Iceland, land the record sees him restrict his pool of equipment, using primarily piano and then falling into a Moog-shaped hole with smatterings of guitar. It took him a long time to write; please listen to it.
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Is this man’s surname supposed to rhyme with ‘whey’ or ‘wee’? I’ll find out one day: it’s Taylor Deupree! This gentle sound artist, engineer and 12k label-boss is back after 14 years with his new, very lovely solo record he’s called ‘Fallen’, and this time he’s more minimal than e’er before. And, halfway into the drifting yet crystalline micro-sounds on the album opener ‘The Lost See’, I can already tell this is a lovingly crafted set immersed in ethereal light and infused with buoyant compassion at its heart.
The tender droplets of sound at its centre were, deceptively, made by Deupree’s prinicpal instrument; the piano. There are little glittering shards of harp-like sounds (again, the piano) and tenderly plucked guitar embedded within the glissandos of moog. A near-broken tape machine has suffused it all with a gauzy glow. It’s a listen that really makes you feel loved and protected by the warmest, fluffiest cotton wool available anywhere on earth... Definitely one for late-night headphone listening; top up your brandy decanter. Taylor Deupree loves you, now maybe it’s time we all loved him back.
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