GloryLand by PLYXY

PLYXY | GloryLandHallow Ground (12″/DL) There is something fairly old-hat about describing an aesthetic creation as ‘beautiful’, and to do so feels somewhat at odds with my distinctly post-modern roots. Contemporary works of art are surely beyond the consideration of beauty, a category that feels as though it should be consigned forever to the dustbin of romanticism.  And yet, for all of that, despite our ingrained knowledge of the peaks and throughs of modern art, beauty recurs. PLYXY’s GloryLand is beautiful – achingly beautiful, melancholically beautiful, and though it is often so much more than a simple aesthetic pleasantry, it … Continue reading GloryLand by PLYXY

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Igitur Carbon Copies by Reinier van Houdt

Reinier van Houdt | Igitur Carbon CopiesHallow Ground (LP/DL) Reinier van Houdt’s Igitur Carbon Copies is not so much one album as two – what is ostensibly a somewhat heavy-handed exercise in gothic aesthetics, hides beneath its surface a nuanced exploration of compositional structure that, like many complex works, only reveals its true beauty with the application of patience and time.  At first listen it might be tempting to write it off as an emulatory album of gothic aficionado – and in many ways it is – yet there is far more at stake than it initially seems. Reach past … Continue reading Igitur Carbon Copies by Reinier van Houdt

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Lines by Distant Animals

Just released this month is the 180 gram LP (+ Digital) Lines by Distant Animals (Daniel Alexander Hignell) on Swiss label Hallow Ground, this one is mastered by sound artist Lawrence English. One lengthy track per side, starting with A Pure Drone. That’s exactly what it is. It’s dense and makes my entire office quiver in a rumbling resonance. Hignell has been involved in film scoring so its easy to say that though the drill down depths of this track is atonal and shaped by white noise, the shaping itself is down to a science. It’s like an aural tractor … Continue reading Lines by Distant Animals

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