Indefatigable sadbienteer Brock “bvdub” Van Wey has certainly been bashing them out - we’re now at album number thirty. And A Different Definition of Love is a biggun; it could fill entire valleys with the weighty cine-romantics of its sprawled, forlorn tunes. All the bvwey techniques you know and love are present: Indistinct voices, layers of slow, wilting synths, ropey dub bass and a whole lotta release envelope.
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I’m not sure who coined the amalgam phrase ‘sadbient’ but in this case, with the ever-prolific bvdub aka Brock Van Wey, it’s an apposite one. San Fran’s premier sad ambient man has been sending his fans to the shops for hankies for some 20 years now, and his back catalogue numbers over 30 albums. His latest CD release for Dronarivm is called A Different Definition Of Love and it’s yet another expertly layered album of light and shade, cold and warm textures rubbing along together in the sweetest, most seamless manner imaginable. He's pretty good at this now, is old BV Wey.
By using acoustic sounds set against electronics at the fluffy end of the spectrum, Wey creates amorphous soundscapes racked with tension; taut guitar melodies cut through layers of synth and processed electroacoustics. Quite Windy & Carl-like. Tracks like ‘oathless [O]ceans’ -- with gorgeous vaporous chords billowing around looped piano -- and ‘eyeless [E]choes’ -- with its quarter-speed distant calls of ‘90s rave keys evaporating and giving way to fuzzy, building piano melodies -- are enough to soften the hardest of hearts and almost reduce this reviewer to a puddle on the floor. But I’m holding it together like the pro I am. Besides, I have at least two more things to listen to this afternoon.
File under: very good ambient.
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