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Listen up, Normanites, this is something you’ll want to hear: Western Edges is the new project from Richard Adams of Hood, The Declining Winter, and Memory Drawings. Prowess, the project's debut, sees him exploring the world of ambient and electronic music and is comparable to bvdub, Aphex Twin and the beatless bits of Boards of Canada. It also soundtracks the area around Saltaire...and we love Saltaire here at Normans!  It is his third release on Sound Is Silence following two albums in 2015 by The Declining Winter and Great Panoptique Winter

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CDr on Sound In Silence. Limited edition of 300 handmade and hand-numbered copies, packaged in a lovely hand-stamped pale brown cardboard envelope. Hood/The Declining Winter folks.

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Prowess by Western Edges
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9/10 Jamie Staff review, 02 May 2019

Wait… a moment of hush now, folks as I know you’re all holding your breath: it’s the latest record from Richard Adams (The Declining Winter etc, and -- just as famously -- of the late, lamented Hood of course and sometimes Memory Drawings). On this new CD, released via Sound In Silence, Richard showcases his love of electronic music, especially of the more ambient variety.

The disc opens with the wistful, slightly mournful ‘You Look So Beautiful Up Here’ and is swiftly followed by the gorgeous, hazy and yes, dreamlike ‘Suddenly: A Dream’. Richard channels his love of the (sometimes slightly bleak / often outrageously beautiful) areas of West Yorkshire which he calls his home. This, folks, is our jumping-off point for some truly exquisite soundscapes -- with tips of the Adams hat to one or two favourite artists of late; in particular, the gracious, graceful journeying of bvdub and the wooded mists often previously evoked by Wolfgang Voigt’s GAS works (vis the track ‘Solid Gold Soul’).

Stellar sound-worlds to be inhabiting, it’s true and Adams infiltrates them with aplomb; yet he brings his own experiences and Yorkshire inclinations to the fore. The tangible sense of melancholy evaporating through ‘You’re Going To Miss My Love’ is heartbreaking stuff indeed; enough to reduce a grown man to tears, even. There’s even vaporous techno, on ‘Very Good On The Rushes’. A stunning set and yet another feather in the cap.



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