Boomkat Product Review:
‘Patience’ is the aptly titled debut solo vinyl delicacy by New Mexico’s Theodore Cale Schafer, a quietly rising figure of the new American ambient sphere whose music we first heard on Huerco S’ RA mix.
Beautifully recalling the sublime instrumental tension of Elodie and Sarah Davachi as much as the hypnagogic electronics of the West Mineral crew, Schafer’s first vinyl release follows handfuls of tapes and CDs since 2015 for the likes of Angoisse and Lynn to render a spectrally elusive sound that perfectly fits Students of Decay’s hazy aesthetic.
Based and recording in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Schafer’s sound is suitably slow and wide open like the sun-beaten dusty landscape he inhabits. Neatly summed up as “narcoleptic and bristling with grit and light” in the press release, his sound recalls to us evening in hotter places than Manchester, when the sun dips but the world still glows with a lingering, purply phosphorescence.
Murky location recordings infiltrate and merge with electronics and washed-out strings and warm breeze chorales in opener ‘Gold Chain’, setting a delectable tone that flows thru the pealing, attack-shorn keys of ‘No Piano’ and the crackling dust mite shimmer of ‘Hunter’ with its achingly romantic, Jelinek-style drone loops. The other half then settles into the evening proper with cicadas and noctilucent pads drawing eyes to half mast across the B-side, as though we’ve fallen akip with TV in the background while we’re blissfully unaware that alien visitors have been peering in thru the windows of our dusty desert villa.
Really V good this.