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Northern Irish Halftribe’s (Ryan Bisset’s) third album and Russian imprint Dronarivm’s fifty-third catalogue entry arrives punctually to soundtrack the coming summer - or eternity, apparently, if you like. It is indeed suitably warm and familiar stuff, going straight for the bliss-out button with dreamy, droning pieces mixing airy synths and calm field recordings.

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For The Summer, Or Forever by Halftribe
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8/10 Jamie Staff review, 14 May 2018

Halftribe is Ryan Bissett -- not to be confused with Luther Blissett, the Watford and England footballer from the ‘80s, obviously -- and this CD is on Moscow’s Dronarivm records. Northern Ireland’s premier exporter of sunny vibes to Manchester has named this, his third full-length release: ‘For The Summer, Or Forever’; depending on which one lasts longest, one supposes. Anyway, after all this sunshine we’ve been having in Britain lately, this one sounds the way I'd hoped my mindset would be, without all the people and the dogs I tripped over in the local park yesterday afternoon.

The sounds of a waterfall, distant children playing (whilst watched over by diligent parents obviously), harmonious birdsong: all appear in the mix between lovely silky webs woven by Ryan from magical things like synth, processed guitar and the like; all in the midst of an elliptical haze. ‘Balm’ and ‘Swimming Off That Sombre Shore’ beckon you to take a dip, not that you needed any persuading. Wondrously beautiful and fluffy sounds for your nap in the shade. Bring a suitably soft pillow. File alongside bvdub and late-nineties era Arovane.



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