Boomkat Product Review:
Known for his work as part of the band Oceansize, Richard A. Ingram now sets about a solo career with this rather magnificent collection of ambient concoctions. From the beginnings of the not altogether cheery 'Kll Thm II..." it becomes clear that Ingram gravitates towards the darker side of beatless, electroacoustic soundscaping, taking fluid, almost BoC-esque synth lines and intermingling them with threads of grimy room sounds and airy suspense. Following up, 'De Montfort' establishes a more melodic palette, leaving processed piano chords sustaining off into the distance while strange acousmatic rattling noises rise and fall like irregular percussion in the background. The quiet, doomy vibrations of 'The Consolamentum' sound like a sound design exercise for a horror film during their early stages, with buzzing noise fragments evoking fluorescent bulbs on the blink while various other sonic scene-setting devices help stir up an atmosphere of overall discomfort. The piece eventually returns to more obviously musical fare with some grim guitar vexations, leading into the equally spine-tingling 'Beziers', which latches onto some countrified, gothic six-string soloing. From here on, glimmers of light poke through the stuttering tape and lonesome acoustic passages of 'The Melioramentum', before '... Gd Wll Rcgnz Hs wn' wraps up the album with a droning ascent towards a thick fog of hiss, functioning as a fitting anti-crescendo. Consolamentum is a very strong debut, to be filed alongside works by the likes of Svarte Greiner and Jasper TX. Highly recommended.
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