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various / neo ouija - Meadow : Cottage Industries 4
Latest collection of broken-hearted loveliness from Neo Ouija featuring brand new, exclusive and carefully selected quiet gems from : Xela, Praveen, Maps and Diagrams, Cepia, Seven Ark, Zegunder, Pandatone, Julien Neto, Sense, and loads more - 16 tracks in total for a generous price. Zegunder's fixation with Angelo Badalmenti's widescreen style is supplemented on his contribution here by a brooding poised ambient sound which would sit remarkably comfortably with some of the quieter moments on Ulrich Schnauss' second album. Julien Neto prepares for his debut Type album with his second appearance on a Cottage Industries compilation - his track is undoubtedly one of the highlights here, autumnal mournful opening inexorably moving into a dusty realm, the sound of brushes on drums seems to lend the electronics a human aspect. And here is the unifying theme of this compilation, aside from its musical quality - a tactile approach to electronics for once. Seven Ark's debut album for Neo just appeared a month back, and this South African producer was favourably compared to Bola for what turned out to be a real grower. Praveen follows with a bonus track not included on his recent album - exhibiting a nascent feel for melody and texture - here softly toying with piano and deftly teased ambient tones. Reporter 's track fascinates with a sense of supreme stillness, and the sequence into Cepia - last heard recording for Ghostly International and Semisexual - is seamless and quite breathtaking - feint disjunctive lines of a finely tuned beauty. Again we're back into piano based solitude with Atone, who's sound is as rigorous as the name might suggest, only a deal more gentle. There's a fuller sound on offer from Maps and Diagrams - the trademark idm rhythmic rolls offset by early morning break of day chords and a delightful melodic aspect. To end there's a couple of absolute beauties: Ido Govrin employs vibes and a guitar to telling effect, and so its left fittingly to Xela to take us out - with some accordion, acoustic guitar and his emotionally crushing grip on melody. Absolutely lovely stuff.