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Description: Using guitar, various effects pedals, bass clarinet, modular synth and a laptop, the two movements on Darkroom's 'New River EP' 10" sees Michael Bearpark and Andrew Ostler dissolving orchestration into more abstract static with slow moving glacial motifs blended with ghostly shifting chord sequences. 'Tiny Life Reflecting Blue' is classic Darkroom, developing a soothing, yet repetitive atmospheric hum while 'Land Of Cake And Confusion' underlines Bearpark's and Ostler's versatility and persevering drive as composers, presenting a supreme and emotive soundscape. Droning transmissions. You know what to do.
Even if he says otherwise, Ian Hawgood is super prolific and incredibly talented in not only his own releases, but in collaborations and with the heart & soul put into the labels he's run over the years.
Saying all that, this is a more recent favorite release of Ian's: peaceful, deceivingly simple (yet not!) piano works that is personal, elegant and graceful in its warmth and presentation. Plus it's for a wonderful cause. Get it!! Joe Borreson
"Dissolve" shows a lot of unique and emotional layers and textures. To people who haven't heard this so far, you need to hear this because this is what ambient deserves to be: slow, drifting, and able to evoke emotions which they do perfectly. 6 amazing songs to get lost inside. Visual Complexity