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Having mastered the kind of ambient drone that seeps into you so that the serenity saturates your very bones, Martin A Smith & Tim Hooper return as Map165 to reorganise entangled sounds and atonalities to make more of the same beautiful evocations. Of Adam Sleeping in the Lap of God is their latest work: a suite in four sections -- 'Of Heaven and Earth'; 'Of the Firmament'; 'Of the Sun and the Moon' and 'Of Eden' -- taking Chartres cathedral's north portico as inspiration. Comprehensive, spiritual sounds eked from elegant stone structures, field recordings and guitars.

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Of Adam Sleeping in the Lap of God by Map165
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9/10 Jamie Staff review, 11 April 2018

Brought to us here at Norman this week is the latest word in crystalline drone tones from Rural Colours -- the label run from an old woollen mill in deepest, most mythical West Yorkshire which I’ve forever, inexplicably associated with windswept hills and the rustling of leaves in October. Their rhubarb crumble is consistently winning awards although we are yet to sample it.

Anyway, on with the music: this wonderful music on the CD I’m listening to is by Map165 -- Martin A Smith & Tim Hooper -- and it’s absolutely stunning. Ravishing in sound-scope and riveting from start to finish, Smith & Hooper’s vision in panoramic ambient is an utter joy to experience. Listening on headphones, I am overcome with emotional washes of sound; somehow magically put together by the pair armed with nothing more than a tape recorder, two guitars and a series of ageing synths.

Enigmatic in vibe, vibrant in feeling and deceptively arcane in construction, the tones which align themselves seem to coalesce along their own pre-ordained trajectories; as if guided by the ancient stone within the north portico of Chartres cathedral, from whence the inspiration for the record was drawn. Blissful sounds bathed in ethereal light, perfectly formed. Music which transcends all physical limitations, and which can be judged favourably against its mentors and peers in ambient and drone methodology. Get immersed.


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