Boomkat Product Review:
Craig Tattersall's latest Humble Bee missive is a tape-smudged flicker of melancholy made from stretched, ghosted pianos and barely-present vocals. Gorgeous music, for anyone into Basinski, Stephan Mathieu, or Pendant.
On "An Opposite Fall", released on Berlin's reliable Vaagner/Vaknar imprint, Tattersall bends piano sounds and tape loops into lulling, half-present pads that press against their saturated peaks, cracking as they distort. The opening side is warm and gentle, blessed with the same distant emotional quality as William Basinski's best work but possessing a subtle Northern charm. The piece dissipates in the final third, shifting from dense drone into echoing emptiness, with delicate piano improvisations set against household clatter.
'An Opposite Fall' on the flipside sounds like a dreamworld variation of the first, abstracting its predecessor's warmth and drifting into thrumming melancholy bliss.