David August lets the drums drop away for this latest LP. DCXXXIX is made up of twenty-four tracks that investigate all things ambient. Droning synths, nuggets of found sound, idly hit percussion, some ivory-tinkling, that sort of thing. A nice record to get lost in for an hour. Will appeal to fans of the Icelandic school and some of the more hissing fauna-type stuff that Posh Isolation have been putting out recently.
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David August apparently took a year-long hiatus from making music, in order to unplug from the noise of the world and take time to reflect; but also to reconnect with his Italian home and draw inspiration from the culture and landscape of his roots. An experience that was clearly worthwhile and regenerative, as his new LP -- which embraces worlds and oceans of sound, particularly of the ambient variety -- well attests.
At first glance (or listen), it seems like August has made techno and eschewed the drums; there’s no structure here, perhaps… But it’s deceptive. He’s not quite gone ‘full Eno’. The sounds which make up the hour-long record flow into each other beautifully -- 24 tracks make up one long body of work -- with barely a reference to anything which passed before, giving the listener the feeling of continuing onward motion. Meticulously assembled, of course.
I’m thinking August here has made an artistic leap forward comparable to Nicolas Jaar between his ‘Space…’ and ‘Sirens’ records. Whatever, there are some truly gorgeous sounds and textures on this record; way, way too many to identify and list here (fortunately). So I’ll let you discover these treasures for yourselves… I’m nice like that.
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