Rural Colours Vol.4
Posted In: Daniel J. Gregory, Guy Gelem, Guy Gelem - Slow Forms, Half Full, Hibernate Recordings, Jasper tx, Jasper TX - Mute Harbour, Rural Colours, Rural Colours Vol.4, Slow Forms, Zvuku, Zvuku - Half Full
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The Rural Colours series has been quietly releasing tiny runs of 3” discs for a few months now and much like its elder sister Hibernate Records, they have been some of the finest electro-acoustic/drone works around at the moment. Here are my thoughts on the latest subscription batch…
Jasper TX should need no introduction; he is a major player in the ambient music scene and never fails to deliver. On “Mute Harbour”, he brings us 2 tracks of sublime multi-instrumental drone works. His trademark melodic passages are ever present beneath layers of guitar fuzz and electronic noise. Part 1 of the disc is a piece full of hope and is very uplifting. To contrast, Part 2 is slightly darker and heavier but just as warm and intoxicating. Another winner from Jasper TX.
Guy Gelem’s “Slow Forms” is a delicate piece of work. Situated half way between post rock and drone, Guys combination of delicate Cello loops and electronic pulses are bewitching, show casing a talent not only for playing the Cello but also for mastering the art of subtly with it. This a perfect companion to the winter approaching us.
Zvuku’s “Half Full” is a dark soundtrack-esque classical piece combing layered strings and piano melodies. It maintains a similar pace and texture throughout its near 20 minute duration, creating a tense feeling of unease and dread. The best parts of this piece are when the piano melodies are allowed to float towards the front of the sonic pool of strings. Generally I found the strings sounded quite awkward and could have maybe benefited from being less prominent in the mix at times, but luckily this wasn’t too distracting for me.
Overall another fine batch from Rural Colours well worth getting a hold of.
- Review by Daniel J. Gregory for Fluid Radio