Sunday 5 October 2014

Gloomy Sundays Vol. II

Another week, another weekend session to sit down and get sad. Not sure if Adam's gonna knock up some for ya as well but here we go with my picks.

Alex Colville - Pacific (1967)

More Dania Shapes, where here OPN apes long time buddy and sometimes collaborator Tim Hecker with a piano piece. I recall seeing OPN say somewhere he loves Pianos, and one of the first tracks he recorded as OPN called Grief And Repetition shows this off well. This one is a solid addition to that lineage, sounds like a lo-fi Nanou 2 from Aphex Twin's Drukqs

No mention of ambient is complete without the grandfather of all Ambient as we know it today. Eno has a lot of Ambient under his belt, this one is taken from the soundtrack he made for NASA's documentary For All Mankind. A few times on the album Eno injects some Americana via a country sounding guitar, think The KLF's Madrugada Eterna only more spacey.

And finally with Röyksopp announcing a return to the dark and and introspective end of their conventional studio albums with their upcoming and suitably moody titled The Inevitable End let's look back on their last full on ambient release Senior. I remember most of the tracks here being warm sounding, but right at the end things take a very cold turn indeed. It may not be the best track on the LP, but I can't think of a better way to say goodbye.

-Claude Van Foxbat

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