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Ear to Ear ~ AI-36: Live Recordings, relaxing music – Lyric Say

From the obsessively textured and richly hued paintings gracing the album covers (courtesy of visible artist and graphic novelist Theo Ellsworth), to the deeply enveloping and endlessly evolving psychedelic soundscapes inside, London’s Astral Industries label persistently conjures up explorations that information you deep into and/or effectively exterior of your listening, dreaming self. They’re 36 releases robust up to now, and their newest launch, Stay Recordings, by Ear to Ear, continues that custom.

Sprawling throughout 4 album sides, every one clocking in round 16 to 17 minutes, LR begins humbly, with a crackling hearth and the sleepy call-and-response of distant bugs. But within the background, one can hear what sounds just like the night sky itself being blown open in cavernous echoes and rumbling throbs. The sense of scale begins to shift because the insect chitter is steadily amplified and pushed to the fore. The fireplace sounds fade, changed by ascending and descending tones, percussive faucets that shatter into dubbed-out echoes. A slow-pulsing siren turns into a countdown. And off we go.

The excellence between drifting and momentum disappears. All turns into pure sound.  

Out right here, there aren’t any handles to hold onto, no beats to depend, no melodies to movement together with. The ambiance labored up feels ringingly capacious, regularly increasing in a simultaneous push towards each level alongside the horizon, a movement that pulls one’s thoughts alongside in its exploratory attain. However whereas our minds and senses are inspired to float, Ear to Ear’s Samuel van Dijk (aka Multicast Dynamics) and Yevgen Chebotarenko are unsleeping on the management panels – this can be a stay recording, in any case – protecting issues anchored, nonetheless tenuously, by ensuring that no passage goes too lengthy with out an ear-tugging texture or a refined reminder of what passes for the acquainted. A bicycle speeds by. A muffled voice is felt greater than heard. Hints of shortwave static rise and fall whereas the echoing vacancy ripples with swirls of grit and ice crystal. We’re nonetheless on earth, nonetheless in our properties and our bodies, but because the observe continues and adjustments, we’re steadily modified, nowhere to be discovered, anonymous, faceless. Different.

All that and we’re nonetheless adrift within the first observe.

The remainder of the album proceeds similarly, but each part is imbued with its personal indelible presence. Monitor B throbs and slithers and sidewinds with a foreboding, sinister facet, offset by crystalline chirps, and the late if temporary arrival of a kid’s voice. The general temper is inside and mysterious, with passing hints of the otherworldly, but nothing ever feels threatening or veers towards malevolence. Monitor C opens on a windswept, bucolic vista shot via with birdcall, earlier than it transforms right into a throbbing forcefield punctuated by gasps for air, mysterious scrapes, and suspended scraps of melodic concepts, all of it buttressed by heaving, funereal pads. Mild granulated gusts steadily sweep via, bringing sighing diaphanous chords of their wake to lighten the temper, if solely somewhat. And fittingly, the ultimate observe limns a fantastical, deeply interstellar zone, transporting the listener on swelling waves of vitality, whitecapped with rhythmic cymbal hits that summon up the regal grandeur of the heaviest dub soundwaves. The tracks flows and glows darkly with resolute serenity earlier than bringing the listener again house, or no less than to planet Earth.

One of many great issues about good ambient music is the inevitable psychic drift and temporal disengagement one experiences whereas listening to it. The place does the thoughts go, precisely? Reminiscences? Fantasies? Another liminal airplane? Maybe it’s busy creating one other type of music, one thing wholly distinctive, composed of each the music provided and what one makes of it second by second. A music not heard consciously, and one which’s forgotten the second known as again to actuality. And in that regard, Stay Recordings will give you sufficient unheard music for a lifetime or two. (Damian Van Denburgh)

About Damian Van Denburgh

In no explicit order: Manhattanite. Author. Unapologetic purchaser of CDs. Somebody who misses the late, nice Different Music, and nonetheless experiences a severed limb response each time I stroll previous the outdated storefront. Actually, there are such a lot of music outlets and bookstores I miss round this metropolis I ought to simply transfer on and never collapse right into a soggy pile … so, let’s have a look at. Fortunately married to the love of my life. Reader. Scared however not giving up. Hopeful, even. Happy to fulfill you.

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