Boomkat Product Review:
‘Gold Fiction Loop Garden’ is an overlooked gem of “vintage court gardens” music by Imaginary Softwoods - the pastoral-minded solo synth project of former Emeralds member, John Elliott. So nice this one.
First despatched on (a now hard-to-find) cassette in 2016 by Elliott’s Mineral Disk label, the album revolves a beautifully tempered suite of short loops recorded 2014-2015 live to two-track digital. Using analog synths, Mellotron, and multiple arrays of configured FX processes, Elliott evokes a gentle, earthly bliss in each of the album’s nine succinct parts, steering away from the more grandiose, kosmiche scope of his work with Emeralds to connote a more intimate, personalised sort of synthetic soul warmth that’s hard to ignore once it seeps in.
Trust us; it’s quietly life-affirming stuff.