David Newlyn returns to the lovely Sound In Silence (yndi halda, bvdub) for a new record of ambiences and beat experiments. Collected Fictions manages to be both one of Newlyn’s most diverse releases and also an album that maintains a strong aesthetic throughout. Be he serving up grainy tape-loops ala The Caretaker (‘Introduction (Broken Cassette Mix)’), post-rocky drones (‘Hymn To Bleachgreen’) or Boards Of Canada-style instrumentals (‘Travelling For A Living’), Newlyn always maintains a plaintive, slightly hypnagogic feel.
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Ah, This. This -- coupled with the Ben Rath disc I’ve just a mere ten seconds ago finished cupping my ears around -- comes from those gentle, wistful, lovely folk at Sound In Silence. My (very welcome) second slice of sounds in silence comes in the form of David Newlyn -- no stranger to these shores nor to these hallowed / cobwebbed halls in Holbeck -- and his latest long-player, ‘Collected Fictions’. Music made by DN at his home in (N.E. England beauty-spot) Durham, mastering/design/photography done to a tee by George in Athens. Music which is slo-mo and airy; perfect for gazing at billowing, shape-shifting clouds as they drift (deceptively swiftly) on by… Sorry, nearly got lost for a moment there.
Newlyn finds the harmony and the dissonance, but most importantly relates to the oceans of space ‘tween the two, to transmit on to us via this very modern CD that’s spinning in my reviewing stereo machine. I’m not really one for technicalities, but let me tell you this is an album of very lovely music constructed from bubbling electronics and droning synths, with lively electro-acoustic chicanery and -- mixed in with all of the above in combination with a woozy guitar and a texturally peppy drum machine -- a standout track in the shape of ‘Travelling For A Living’.
At this juncture, Newlyn’s latest record reaches an apex in landscape-reflecting frequencies. It’s a sublime and joyful moment this, and ‘Collected Fictions’ -- for all the above reasons and more -- is surely one for the fans of the continuing saga in Ambient / Post-rock / Instrumental Melodies Movement. A breeze.
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