Boomkat Product Review:
Rrose & Silent Servant corral a wealth of exclusive, unreleased avant-garde, experimental electronics in their instalment for the ambient-leaning ‘Air Texture’ series, including exclusive tracks on the vinyl by Laurel Halo, Anthony Child aka Surgeon, Not Waving, Charlemagne Palestine, Luke Slater, Phase Fatale, Function, Octo Octa plus Rrose and Silent Servant themselves (and a tonne more on the digital versions)...
Running to nearly 2.5 hours of music on the CD and digital versions (the vinyl includes 12 tracks), the set sweeps across decades and continents with a variegated spectra of music by 26 artists ranging from the influential Maggi Payne to the enigmatic Abul Mogard and lesser known figures. It’s all sequenced in a way that highlights their mutualities and diverse idiosyncrasies and makes for a quietly absorbing listen riddled with surprises.
As you might expect, there’s a number of ambient/atmopsheric works by prominent techno producers, including the modular explorations of Anthony Child (Surgeon), the pulsating beatless arps of Phase Fatale’s ‘Nightmare in LA’, the petrol-stained tone of ‘Psychic Harms of Economic Deprivation’ by Ron Morelli, and naturally Rrose’s hypnotic smudge of James Fei’s ‘For Bass Clarinet 8.97’, along with a piece of splashy breaks-driven ambient bleeps by Luke Slater, and the floating step of Silent Servant’s ‘New World’.
But some of the strongest parts come by those who’ve longer worked in experimental realms, including the Medieval sounding ambient inquisition of Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe’s ‘8th Continent in 5 Dimensions’, a smart and subtle contrast between pioneering synthesist Maggi Payne’s rugged space music and Lucrecia Dalt’s more tactile, introspective strokes, and the heady expressions of Laurel Halo’s lysergic sphere ‘Dies Ist Ein’ or AGF’s haunting choral chamber work ‘HUM-ILITY’, and the nagging pulses of Laetitia Sonami.