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Boomkat Product Review:
How has it taken so long for Loscil and Lawrence English to team up? "Colours of Air" is built around heaving pipe organ sounds, and boils those raw elements into bright colors.
Could there possibly be a more obvious pairing than Scott Morgan and Lawrence English? Both artists have been sculpting sublime beatless music for years, skirting each other's sounds without treading on the freshly-mown lawn. On "Colours of Air" they finally convene, pulling apart thick, warbling recordings taken from the aging pipe organ at the Old Museum in Brisbane. If you've heard any of English's recent releases, particularly the faded "Approach" and 2021's organ-led "Observation of Breath" you'll be able to predict this record's loose sonic signature, but Morgan adds enough processing clout to direct these tracks westward.
At its best, the album floats into the clouds with the grace of a flickering colored LED cluster, hinting at beauty we can barely fully comprehend. On the lengthy 'Black' the duo sound perfectly at ease with each other's contributions: English is able to sand his sounds into haunted traces, and Morgan is able to layer harmonies until they course with melancholy. Nowt new, but very satisfying all the same.