A highly intriguing curio for fans of classic ambient music - think Brian Eno’s famous works and '80s new age material. Six Songs For Invisible Gardens by Green-House aka Olive Ardizoni was created with the intention of improving personal living spaces. Initially released as a limited-run cassette, it now comes to vinyl via MatthewDavid and Jesselisa Moretti's L.A. based Leaving Records.
Vinyl LP £18.90 LR159LP
LP on Leaving Records.
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It’s odd how album titles, song names and sleeve designs can prime the listener for the auditory experience they’re about to behold. If you were to be played the first track of ‘Six Songs for Invisible Gardens’ without any contextual queues, perhaps you’d think of the ocean, a river, a stream or any other body of moving water. The following tracks weave vintage synths around birdsong and nature recordings to conjure the outside world, but dependent on your disposition, you may think fields, woodlands, or lakes. Maybe you feel you’re at an arboretum or bird sanctuary of some sort.
These are no criticisms, Green-House’s debut album is as evocative and moody as they come. It’s a testament to the album format and the physical experience of music listening. Mort Garson’s ‘Plantasia’ is an obvious influence on this album, a curio which has seen huge success and a cult following since its release. You could buy a houseplant from Mother Earth in LA and receive the album for free to play it whilst you were gardening or reading the complementary plant care guide. Its highly successful recent reissues saw it pressed on all sorts of flora related colour wax, and you could even sow seeds pressed into the download code. ‘Six Songs for Invisible Gardens’ is a similarly tangible listen which moulds to the space where you play it. You may attempt to decipher if the bird song is coming from outside if you’re near a garden or on a walk, and the title and elegant album sleeve alone will prime a listen for gardening or house plant tending duties. Musically, Green-House is influenced by soft-touch new age, proto electronic, kosmische, and the relaxed ambient of Brian Eno and Hiroshi Yoshimura. The synthesisers are delightful and warm sounding, the melodies are playful, programmed cadences add charming flourishes, there’s the occasional background bassy hum or pulse, and the prominent bird song is extraordinarily relaxing. It’s so serene and alluring it feels like it could lift any cloud or bad mood.
‘Six Songs for Invisible Gardens’ is an indication of the power of the physical format. You’ll want to play it in a place where you can look out into the outside world or in a room with the most plants, gazing at the album art as you do so. Once you’ve soaked up the sleeve and the track titles, it’s context will be unshakable. You’ll want to wander outside and then be amongst the nature with it as your soundtrack.
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