Boomkat Product Review:
Blissed ambient/new age minimalism from Marv, the US duo of Geoff Schilling and Nathan Taylor, here deploying analog subtractive/FM synthesis and dub techniques for an 'environmental' keyboard fantasy strongly connected to the lineage of 1970s-80s private press ambient and electronic recordings - but also one to file alongside modern classics from Ulla and Topdown Dialectic.
The duo’s fully fledged ‘Keyboard Suite I’ takes form as five suggestively meditative works weaving rhythmelodic patterns into elliptical excursions from the everyday. They do so without the more cloying nature of many new age expressions, resisting urges to the floral and decorative in favour of woking with quietly captivating motifs and repetition that effortlessly convey their hypnagogic appeal.
Bathed in soft focus, the pieces here unfurl at the most seductive, leisurely pace, first synching our heart rate to theirs with the swaying throb and etheric emissions of ’Stable Mate’ and ’Tokyo TX,’ redolent of classic ISAN, or Rimarimba’s genteel airs as much as the atmosphere of Ernest Hood’s ’Neighbourhoods’, before the rest of the album works to slightly more succinct timeframes, glyding from the beautifully dub slurred flutter of thumb piano in ‘Con Moto’ to dusky introspection on ‘Prayer For The Little Ones,’ and sweetly curdling plucks of ‘Present Worth.’