Boomkat Product Review:
With the fantastically immersive 30 minute live recording of Floodlines, Touch render Slowdive member and multi-instrumentalist Simon Scott at his most kinetic and captivating.
Floodlines follows the arc of his Below Sea Level (2012) album back to The Fens, East Anglia, armed with microphones and hydrophones in pursuit of a personal sonic ecology/ontology exploring “the creative process of actively listening, the implications of recording the natural world using technology and the manipulation of natural sounds used for musical composition.”
Performed and captured at Café Oto, London, 31st January 2016, Floodlines takes shape as a densely layered and detailed electro-acoustic mass blurring the distinctions between the unaltered sounds of birdcalls, moving water, and possibly motor boat engines, with junctures of processed, impenetrably woven collage.
We could be totally wrong, but the source recordings feel autumnal, with crisp sense of space and silty clarity possibly revealed by a lack of surrounding foliage, lending the piece a fresh but chilly atmosphere and brittleness of tone, as opposed to lushness.