Boomkat Product Review:
Touching, melancholy reflections on loss from Slowdive's Simon Scott. Field recordings, drones and the faintest melodies - extremely beautiful.
In April last year, just a few weeks into lockdown, Slowdive percussionist and sound artist Simon Scott received news that his father had died. Days later, he walked through a nature reserve in the Fens, a coastal plane in the east of England, and was struck by the sound of skylarks ringing through the landscape. Scott was moved to remember his earliest visits with his father to the Cambridgshire marshland, and was moved to capture the birds with his portable field recorder. A species in sharp decline, the skylarks felt poignant to Scott, and these recordings marked the beginning of "Apart".
Back in the studio, Scott composed a piano piece around the soundscapes, slowly melting the pieces together and transforming them into rustles, drones and rumbles. This is music that captures a time and place, serving as a meditation on time, life and memory. Scott uses his feeling of nostalgia and his profound sense of loss to sketch out faint, ambient poems that breathe with humanity. Somehow, it's not weighed down by sadness - in writing this music and processing his pain, the tracks almost sound like a celebration of life than a somber study of death.