Boomkat Product Review:
While Alex Cobb might spend most of his time working on the Students of Decay label, it’s evident that in the last couple of years he’s been knee deep in composition putting together this stunning full-length. Using string drones, analogue synthesizers and tape loops as source material Cobb has melted them into total abstraction, leaving just dense clouds of resonance and harmony. Like a heavenly yin to William Fowler Collins’ faded, hellish yang, Cobb’s expert tape treatment of these pieces feels like he’s simply using another instrument in his arsenal. Rather than dwell in the darkness it feels like Cobb has made a conscious effort to crawl into lighter spaces – even the title suggests a return to sunlight after the darker Taiga Remains work he put his name to in the last few years. The best comparisons might be to Mike Pollard’s ‘Pale Blue Sky’ project or Christoph Heeman’s effortless drones, but there’s humanity in Cobb’s ambience that feels rarified and special. ‘Passage to Morning’ isn’t an album that you can skip through or use as background music, rather it demands your attention and blooms on repeat listens. Recommended.