The US ambient creator Christian Gibson releases his début LP Cloud Forms tomorrow.
A dozen track album (available on bandcamp) that drifts through the room in atmospheric layering.
A variety of themes are explored in the dreamy collection of songs, with each having its own distinctive sense of being as a diversity of instrumentation, electronica and percussion melt one in to the other. My selection being the fourth – A Castle For Wolves.
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Colaba Point is the ambient-psychedelic quartet of Rukmini Roy, Ankur Chugh, Abhishek Denzil and Rohan Kadam from Mumbai in India.
Combining electronics with a range of instruments both modern and traditional Colaba Point take the listener on a gently rolling journey of sound. The band deliver measured paces of enrapturing compositions which subtly contain references to times of yore, that give the pieces a timeless elegance, whilst simultaneously using the latest technologies to expand the older themes and this enables them to develop tracks through slowly shifting sands of time.
The vocal, which sits aloof of the music, gives the audience a sense of sound-track commentary, adding a spacious feel to the tracks. This is not music in which to engage whilst chasing shots, rather to imbibe with a long drink to hand. Formed back in 2011 Colaba Point have established a live presence and a steady flow of recorded material has enables their wide ranging out-put to travel further afield.
Not an out-fit that seeks to travel anywhere near the mainstream, Colaba Point have created a distinctive style, that should be more widely heard as they add much to the weave of the world of music and it is pleasure to introduce them to you.
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Future Flashbacks, which came out on the 6th is available on bandcamp.
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Rooms Delayed is the vehicle for the ambient drone musings released by Vincenzo Nazzaro from Bologna in Italy.
Rooms Delayed offer extended pieces of melt-water which flow in a seamless transition of instrumentation, spectrally flecked with transitions of unfocussed vocal. As tracks fade away the listener is left with ears hurting from the silence with the steady sound of a pulse inside the head. The luscious dimensions of the music wrap their way deep inside the mind and time becomes irrelevant with the only thought being a need for more.
One just feels the desire to head to a flotation tank to gain full value from the compositions and I was left with the feeling that this is probably what suspended animation would be like. The brains pulses end up slowing, to the point whereby even mental visualisations become too much for the slowing synapses and there is nothing left to do other than let Rooms Delayed take over the conscious and subconscious being.
Some reviews take me an extraordinary amount of time to write, this being one – as I write with the music playing – normally on the first complete listening, aiming to provide you with the sounds that first hit my ears and this review is taking time simply because my brain is struggling to function at all.
A new EP coming out on the 22nd November – Nothing Lighter – through Monkey Records should be enough send those of us in the Northern Hemisphere through hibernation until Spring.
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Originally from Haverfordwest in Wales now based in Moscow, Russia, is the solo creator Francis Allen who releases his ambient shoegaze under the name of Foreign Television.
Inside recognizable parameters Foreign Television is a flowing viscosity of sounds each melting into the other like melting waxes and the listener is invited to settle back and let the mind flow in seamless transitions. A variety of timing, electronics and instruments are displayed to the accompaniment of a reflective vocal, each transitioning like a Hubble Telescope image of a nebula of unfathomable distance.
What I recall most of Haverfordwest is take the M4 west out of London and keep going west until – well you hit ‘The’ roundabout, go straight on the A48 keep heading West on the A40 and when you reach the end of the road – that is Haverfordwest and somehow it seems so appropriate as that is a journey to take as the sun sets over London, take your time in mid-summer and the sun will be rising as you reach the outskirts after a drive in the peace and quiet of the night and that is how Foreign Television strikes me – languid liquidity.
A debut LP the 10 track 43 minute Youthless is an exemplar of weightless floating in space.
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