The illustrious esquires at Apollo represent sadcore-ambient titan bvdub’s label of the week for Drowning in Daylight, a quadrilogy of teary twenty-minute longuns with right poetic titles. Now passing the thirty album mark, Brock Van Wey can be counted on for the skills to pay the bills and give your ears some cinematic thrills.
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bvdub has worked his way around most of the ambient/electronic record labels on the planet and now lands on R&S subsidiary Apollo. He's almost become an ambient genre to himself over the last few years and Drowning in Daylight is said to be his 30th full length release. Who actually knows though?
His latest venture into the immersive world of ambience showcases the drifting evocative sound world he is known for across four long form tracks of blissful electronics. Opener Drowning in Daylight, Never Ending is a slow mainly beat less wonder of glacial synths with (eventually) some ethereal vocals lurking just beneath the surface and home fi beats finally emerging through the murk. This is Master Dub in his 4AD referencing 'cathedrals of sound' mode and it's long repetition works to it's benefit and stays just on the right side of the chill out/relaxation tape music divide he often straddles.
More granular is Waves From Above, Never Ceasing which is a slab of thick set synth wavering as if a moving entity of music. It sounds like ten Celer records piled on top of each other and uses distortion to crackle and churn the sounds. I prefer this kind of weathered sound from bvdub as his sound can be somewhat synthetic - something that is noticeable on Seas of Shores Never Sleeping.
Every bvdub release mines a slightly different hue of ambience and so it's hard where to place Drowning in Daylight amongst his other releases. It may well be enough to say that these are four more gorgeous slabs of blissed-out ambience for staring out of windows to. A perfect sonic blanket to warm you through the colder months.
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