Boomkat Product Review:
Originally released in 2005, "Happiness Will Befall" shows a softer side to Aussie power ambient mainstay Lawrence English. Hazy guitar and electronics that reminds of Fennesz at his most peaceful or Oren Ambarchi's flawless "Grapes From the Estate".
English pieced the record together over two months, attempting to make sense of memories accumulated traveling through Singapore, South India, New Zealand and Australia. The result is a sequence of calming meditations using heavily processed guitar that remind of Fennesz's early work, Ben Frost's debut "Steel Wound" or Oren Ambarchi's earlier work.
A marked contrast with his more recent records - such as 2014's "Wilderness of Mirrors" and 2017's "Cruel Optimism" - "Happiness Will Before" is calm and slow-paced, drifting gently and bringing in delicate digital tones and processed field recordings to offset the guitar's subtle flutter. Just lovely.