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California based ambient musician r beny (all lowercase, please) returns with echo's verse on Dauw. The main inspiration for the album was the notion of an echo, not just the physical phenomena, but how we might understand the concept in terms of human communication. The result is warm and life-affirming, and always beautiful.

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echo’s verse by r beny
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8/10 Will 22 August 2019

Echo is a nymph in Greek mythology who, after being cursed by Hera, was doomed to repeat the last word of whatever was spoken to her. This is an apt reference for ambient musician r beny to use in the title of his new album 'echo's verse' as it conveys the strangely neutered quality of both echos relating to their original sound, and the music of the album itself. Each piece on the record feels like the aftermath of something fuller, greater more symphonic. That's not a criticism, far from it, but it does have that certain neutered tone. Take, for instance, the degraded, tinny chimes on 'felt'. This whole piece seems to gently fragment into a warm, white noise blanket. From the clearer peals of the chimes and quavering mellotron in the first few minutes to the gentle waves of thick ambience in the final ones. There are parts of this album that make other ambient works seem positively flamboyant by comparison. Compare the thin, reedy chords on 'loma' to the strident glockenspiel and piano notes on '1/1' from Brian Eno's 'Music for Airports'. 

Musically 'echo's verse' has elements in common with the Caretaker's superb 'Everywhere At The End Of Time' series or the later part of William Basinski's 'Disintegration Loops'; they all feel sonically corrupted. But what's interesting is that at times 'echo's verse' feels even less attention-grabbing. Both those artists use definable melodic lines, which is perhaps why they are so popular, but r beny is a little more subtle than that. 'if i' sounds like the music they pipe through in the aquarium at Bristol Zoo, all huge synth pads and minor chords that relax rather than distress. 

r beny has made a wonderfully discreet album that carries with it the elusive quality of a dying sound. 


9/10 Juan Customer rating (no review), 6th June 2019

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