Boomkat Product Review:
Room40 boss Lawrence English returns in a collaboration with like-minded sonic explorer Tom Hall. For Euphonia, English and Hall's primary influences are said to have been Cluster and Brian Eno, but importantly, far from emulating the past triumphs of their heroes, this duo capture that same spirit of ambient electronic expertise, utilising a brace of modern devices as well as more conventional instruments and analog equipment. Also key to the aesthetics of the album is the presence of field recording, and that's not field recording in the usual terms - exposing your ears to birdsong and all the other cliches - these two artists set about re-recording studio takes in various unlikely environments, (e.g. inside old water tanks, or on a farm) and such tactics undoubtedly pay-off, giving these droning compositions a real sense of place and purpose. Apparently this recorded over the course of half a year, and the long gestation process certainly seems to have paid off. Euphonia is an excellent ambient album by any measure and is arguably among the finest things in Lawrence English's not inconsiderable discography.
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