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The quality of Olli Aarni’s music has remained remarkably high given his consistent output over the last five years for labels like Preservation, Cotton Goods, and Dauw. Often working in the cassette format and primarily composing extended, gorgeously textured drones, Aarni’s new album, Nielu, is one of his first releases on vinyl and a kind of culmination of the sound he has crafted for years. Even in the context of such an impressive discography, Nielu is noteworthy and Aarni considers it to be his personal definitive ambient album.
The hallmarks of Aarni’s prior work—exceptional attention to texture, ghostly looped figures, enveloping sound fields—are especially immersive on Nielu, which, in his native Finnish, can be translated as “vortex,” “throat,” or “swallowing”—all appropriate imagery here. Taking inspiration from the harsh weather conditions of Fennoscandia, both side-long pieces are enveloping compositions that reward close listening but, even more, invite surrender to wide washes of sound. Evocative and sometimes, bleak, Nielu is fundamentally beautiful and grows more emotionally engaging the louder it is played.
Mind Over Mirrors might not be a household name, but the brain behind the project, Jaime Fennelly, has been involved in numerous acclaimed and respected projects over the last few years. Primarily known for his work as an integral member of Peeesseye, he’s also involved with Acid Birds, Manpack Variant and Phantom Limb & Bison.
‘The Voice Rolling’ is his first solo record in five years and the first under this new moniker. First and foremost, this is a harmonium record and that’s important to remember because it doesn’t sound like any other harmonium record you’ve likely heard. Nearly all of the sounds created were made using a medium-sized Indian harmonium and then processed electronically via tape echo, harmonizer and other guitar pedals. Add in the fact that it was recorded to tape and you get a dense, warm record full of grit and emotion.
Riser was borne out of a desire to bring the sound of the human voice to the core of Fieldhead’s music, and to rally against an idea of it as peripheral, as an afterthought to the music. The EP continues the love of tape hiss, grainy textures and dusty loops married with brevity and melody to be found in the album preceeding it (‘They Shook Hands for Hours’), but this time the pallete has been stripped back to just the human voice and minimal, organic synthesisers.
Neverest Songs is the alias of Margate based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Luke Twyman, who is set to release his debut, double A-side single Paper Trumpets/Softly, Quite Softly, Quite Softly through independent label Tea At Yours.
Initially working in a humble home studio set-up, early 2005, Twyman began to harness his talent, before starting work on his debut album Small Voyages, in late 2008. Undertaking a small voyage of his own, Twyman travelled to New York to record the piano parts, with friend Rick Warren and by late 2009 twenty-four songs were complete, and the final thirteen tracks selected. Small Voyages was released as part of the Unlabel catalogue, in early 2010.