From the off, Matt provides exactly what you would hope he might with a gorgeous collection of songs akin to bathing in a pool of distilled reverb. The opener, ‘Someday I Won’t Matter’ is more tense and claustrophobic in tone than songs that follow but it’s quite a beginning and the tension created in the swelling strings as the track comes to a close is something well constructed indeed. ‘Drugged’ follows and it is a hazy mix of guitar and an organ whose bass wavers and vibrates which introduces a song that seems so familiar as to be an old friend or a traditional tune known to the listener since childhood. ‘Simple Lives Mean Nothing’ is a brooding piece that is reminiscent of Radiohead, if not for its sonic or timbral qualities but for the chord sequence therein. Following this is a song called “Daddy” in which Matt’s vocals are almost starved of the reverb that surrounds them in other songs giving a very intimate quality to the way he delivers this song. The picked guitar seems to conjure memories of early Arab Strap.
The second half of the album opens with a song titled ‘Already Found’ and the little touches of echo and reverberation throughout make this track the touching piece that it is, that and the pseudo-random nature of use of the guitar at the end of course. The track that follows is the stand-out track on the album, ‘Now You Have Won / I’m The One’. Again, soaked in reverb (spotting a theme here?) there is a gorgeous slide guitar and some subtle tambourine placed very low in the mix. Now You Have Won segues into what is assumably known as I’m The One; a beautiful layered soundscape and by a long way the most experimental and exciting part of the record complete with found sounds and crackles. Finally, the album ends with ‘Lazy Angel’, an epic, almost 8 minutes long, track entirely suitable to bring the work to a close.
The rain is still falling outside but my mood, previously melancholic, has improved somewhat.
‘Alive’ is the first vinyl outing from Keith Wood’s Hush Arbors since his split 7″ with Jerusalem and the Starbaskets on The Great Pop Supplement back in 2008…
Hush Arbors is the project of Mr Keith Wood, a good friend of Blackest Rainbow, who has also played in Wooden Wand, Six Organs of Admittance, Zodiacs, Sunburned Hand of the Man, and with Thurston Moore. Hush Arbors ever evolving sound pretty much encapsulates everything he does with these other fine projects, but Keith has definitely got his own thing going on with his fine song writing skills, whether its delivered with his beautiful acoustic playing or wild electric shredding.
Distressed notes run asunder on Tetra, a vinyl-only offering from the duo, Mem1. A current, quivering along these three fine works, creates a unique yet indistinct mass that, as we follow along in its icy wake, degrades and renders the listener inert, as we wait to meet the ghosts.
For Record Store Day 2011 Immune is proud to present a split 7” featuring new tracks from Steve Gunn and Ilyas Ahmed. The 7” comes packaged in a proper jacket with collage artwork from Ahmed. Included is a free download coupon and insert.
A year passes by and finally Talvihorros is back with his latest album Descent Into Delta to be released on both vinyl and CD. The man behind this one man guitar driven excursion is London based Ben Chatwin who in addition to hibernate has had material released through Benbecula, My Dance The Skull and our sister label Rural Colours. Despite only recently forming the Talvihorros project in 2008, Chatwin has been experimenting with sound ever since he first picked up a guitar as a teenager. His live performances have seen him share a stage with the likes of Tim Hecker, Stephan Mathieu and Ian Hawgood to name just a few. Chatwin has to this point juggled live performances and studio work as two separate entities with studio material being culled from sounds derived from as many different instruments as possible and live performances being restricted to just guitar and pedals.