Nektyr is a solo record. Not only in the sense that Demen created it single-handedly (presumably anyway – contextual information on the album is sparse), but also for how it seems naïve to the fact that someone else might be listening in. I spend the album’s 35 minutes nurturing a
When songwriting is smothered in echoes, it’s often affiliated with states of confusion or absent concentration. Precious Systems demonstrates how textural hazes can become agents of conviction. Echo isn’t used to conceal the song within smokes of uncertainty; instead, it pushes the core sentiment outward like a tidal
I can’t call Pitch, Paper & Foil an ambient record. Within the word “ambient” are implications of dependency and stasis. With “ambient”, I anticipate sound to behave like a mattress or a warm bath; catching me as I descend, embracing and retracting around the contours of my body. I feel
For the duration I’ve been listening to Thomas Meluch’s music (a mere four years or so), I’ve heard his hazes of sound thicken into songs and then evaporate again. Our conversation below touches on dreams as a pool of inspiration. Like dreams, Meluch’s music is a
So often when albums take off in the manner of opener “Your Ghost Is Not Enough” – with dizzy vocal sighs and soft snare hits lifting the experience gently skyward – they never come down again, submitting themselves to the bliss of dreamy, drifty detachment until the closure of the final track
As noted on the Kranky release page for Foreign Body, “one could try to assess what part of the album each artist was responsible for, but that would prevent one from seeing the proverbial forest for the trees.” It is true that there are points at which “signature” sounds appear
This was actually first put out on limited release in 2006. Credit to Kranky for picking it up again and pushing it to a wider audience – too much care and attention appears to have gone into the fantastic For Waiting, For Chasing for it to reside as a forgotten rarity.