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Sublime nocturnal compositions from Amir Abbey’s Secret Pyramid, tracing a secretive route thru the dub ether with solemn ambient strains that in places reminds us of Mark Nelson’s Pan American, and at others of Anthony Manning’s peerless Irdial pearls, making for a stunning debut for the always watchable Geographic North.
Recent years have seen the Vancouver, BC resident issue music on Ba Da Bing! and a handy catch-up comp with Gailur, beside production on Loscil’s ‘Equivalents’ album. His first collection of new work since 2017, ‘Embers’ now gathers his thoughts in a significant new suite that’s set to glow like a night light or localised aurora borealis in bedrooms and listening rooms across the world.
Using a typical but fairly rarified set-up of Ondes Martenot, sampler, Space Echo, two tape machines, and a computer, he develops glacially time-lapsed, hauntingly suggestive sceneries that feel like the ephemeral after-images of Ian William Craig, Deathprod or Tape Loop Orchestra.
In his own words, “It’s a reflection of the impermanent, shifting, and fleeting aspects of our lives, both the good and the bad, that often spark something inside of us. Aspects of our daily existence, and the self (whether our emotions, surroundings, relationships,) that are constantly morphing, disappearing, reappearing, burning out, reigniting, and so forth, metaphorically like flares or embers.”
Spend some time with this one and its misty apparitions will draw you right in.