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thanet - Receiving Calls
Transmitted from the edge of English civilisation, 'Receiving Calls' is an eerily evocative ambient suite by Thanet. We've crossed paths with this artist before in his Mr Maxted guise, but while that project was under the spell of Belgian New Beat and DIY tape music, this one occupies a peculiar location on the edge of light-industrial ambient zones and soundtracky library music. The entire collection clocks in at just under 3 hours, or long enough to do the Ramsgate-Oostende crossing if you really wanted to buy into the experience - we'd imagine this would sound amazing between the ports of Belgium and the UK in the hazy distance. The mixture of minor key pastoral baroque motifs and more greyed and oxidised light-industrial moods subtly evoke the low-rolling landscape and port town bleakness of the district he borrows his name from, distinguishing the suite with an end-of-the-world stillness dappled by silty North Sea light. These could be the soundtracks to particularly haunting reels on the bunkers of the Kentish coast, or equally some slow-moving '90s detective series on an ashen faced sleuth solving labyrinthine, Kafka-esque mysteries in a tiny village, or more likely the comedown music to a chilly rave held on a pebbly beach. Either way, it's got us hooked, and we reckon fans of Leyland Kirby or Massonix will be too. Highly Recommended.