Boomkat Product Review:
Andrew Hargreaves (The Boats, Cotton Goods) returns with the Tape Loop Orchestra’s final 'Instrumental Transcommunications' volume, a sublime, extended trip into degraded, blissed-out shoegaze and slowed down, shimmering drone works. Once again, if yr into Ian William Craig, The Caretaker or Jóhann Jóhannsson we reckon you’ll love this.
Poignantly timed to coincide with the first gusts of winter in Manchester, the loop bard’s latest missive unfurls two durational, diaphanous sails for mental transport, pushed by prevailing emotions to drift off into lush yet decayed echelons of sonic respite and reflection.
In ’Lead Us’ he slowly telescopes out from a murky refrain recalling The Caretaker or Akira Rabelais, and into slow moving night air, seemingly dissolving miles high into the ether, above the clouds where dawn breaks before hitting the surface below.
‘Into The Light’ follows with a dewy mist of crackle and surface clag obfuscating a vocal from Beth Roberts, who also collaborates with Andrew as The Mistys, and here lends an elusive soul to the side’s golden aurora of diffused strings and warbling synths.