Not sure if you can make an album inspired by library music and then just call it Library Sounds, but hey, what does it matter when those sounds are so pleasant? Patrick R. Park created these eleven tracks of ambientish, synthish, vibey music for you to enjoy in the background, but we reckon it more than warrants foreground listening too. On Castles In Space.
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Well this is a surprise. Ever since the release of the Netflix Corporation’s Stranger Things there’s been an awful deluge of music trying to its very best to get fans of the show to buy it. Believe me, I work in a record store, there’s way too much of the stuff. So when I say, I quite like this album that sounds a bit like the Netflix Corporation’s Stranger Things soundtrack, I mean it.
Patrick R. Pärk is a synth noodler based out of Colorado, and he is the man responsible for this great shock of mine. His album, ‘Library Sounds’ is pitched as being “music for TV, radio, film, musical illustrations” which should give you a pretty good idea of what to expect from it, though it could probably do with the addition of “from the 80s”. Wobbly synthesiser instrumentals that gently churn as though they’re tracking some tense moment on the screen, that grow and change to match some imaginary script, that set the mood for a radio play that doesn’t exist.
Like much of the music that is for the half remembered 80s there’s always something sinister lying underneath. ‘Library Sounds’ fits very comfortably with the current British trend of pastoral psychedelia, which too revels all that is horrifying and unspoken. ‘Plains II’ exemplifies this. What at first starts as a calm relaxing stroll, slowly starts become confusing and almost frightening.
I think the difference between Pärk’s work and those of his contemporaries are his sense of restraint and timing. He knows how to build tension, and when release finally comes, it’s earned.
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