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Smagghe & Cross reprise their ponderous ambient/cinematic duo for Vladimir Ivkovic’s Offen Music
Following ‘MA’ (2017), french disco/house producer Ivan Smagghe and library music/film composer Rupert Cross explore a melancholic, meditative intersection of ambient mood music riddled with literary, cinematic and esoteric influences. NoYo’s Adelle Stripe also returns to supply readings of her text ‘Sacred Heart’, after presenting her vocals to the previous S&C album, while the addition of numbers station samples from The Conet Project neatly dovetail with the project’s ambiguous, ethereal appeal in the album’s quiet highlight ‘Lincolnshire Poacher’, the name of a trad english poem whose original melody was used on the mysterious broadcasts.
“This second LP on Offen is an ajar window overlooking the phantasmagoric world of Smagghe & Cross, a remembrance of days that never were. The music is sparse, the past is forever : ghosts of industries are conjured through the English countryside, fading memories play static with an idea of romance, the sun breaks through the iron clouds. A record free of uncouth nostalgia but laced with ethereal melancholia.”