Boomkat Product Review:
Preternaturally attuned composer Richard Skelton chillingly imagines a soundtrack for the British and Irish peninsula as it last lay under ice, around 21-27,000 years ago.
‘Lastglacialmaximum’ is the term used by geologists to describe the furthest extent of the ice sheet which covered the landscape we now inhabit during the previous ice age. The album offers one of Richard Skelton’s very darkest, primordial bodies of work. It’s still in key with the natural world themes of his cultishly praised earlier works, but just impendingly heavy with it, and surely resonating with the psychic anxiety surrounding the world’s current state of climate change.
Throughout its eight pieces, Skelton uses his palette of sorely stressed strings and FX to mimic the cycles of the ‘Dansgaard-Oeschger events’ - which are “rapid cycles between cold and warmer climatic conditions during the last glaciation” - in the music’s subtle shifts of timbre and texture, which drift from slowly drawn out panoramas to almost vocal-sounding sighs an creaks that sound like the spirits of the glaciers singing, and ultimately arriving at crushingly stark conclusions.