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Motion Ward follow that ridiculously sought-after Ulla album with an unexpected new entry from perennial lowercase practitioner Craig Tattersall aka The Humble Bee, deploying a typically lovely, absorbing set of frayed strum and sublime domestic rustles.
Tattersall needs little introduction to these pages, he’s been a crucial node of post-rock, leftfield ambient and ambient composition since the late ‘90s, with a catalogue that links Hood to The Remote Viewer, CCO, and The Boats across dozens of coveted CDs, tapes, and vinyl editions, many of them self released on one of his many private edition labels.
Following a tape for our Documenting Sound series and a reissue of his debut as The Humble Bee in 2021, Craig lets us peer further into his everyday practice on ‘Light Trespassing’, which offers a golden luminosity to suffuse his more usually half-lit sound. You can almost hear the glow of morning light angling across his workshop, with distant, muffled voices also lending a rich sense of depth perception, and pinging apps from a phone or computer nearby gently piercing the patina of analog surreality with a momentary, digital burst.
No doubt there’s craft at play here which is more elusively electro-acoustic and handmade than much of the work produced by new ambient lambs, but it’s not hard to hear why Motion Ward, among many contemporary explorers, are flocking his delicate haptics for inspiration, he just oozes an effortless, liminal sense that’s been accompanying us for over two decades now. Long may it continue pal.