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Boomkat Product Review:
Digitally overcast "Caretakered" ambient edit of Eartheater's phenomenal recent full-length. Proper late-night business.
We never imagined we'd want a suite of fully blurred-out, granulated-to-fuck reworks of every track on Eartheater's "Phoenix", but now they're here we're not sure how we survived without 'em. There's nothing particularly complicated on show - the same process is applied to each song: a granulated timestretching effect that should be familiar to anyone who's spent a considerable amount of time in the ambient zone over the last decade or two. But "Pheonix: La Petite Mort Edition" isn't about technical grandstanding. Like The Caretaker's reverberating vignettes, Eartheater's edits conduct an alluringly haunting mood that adds an eerie, erotic post-script to the original album.
If "Phoenix" was a deft exercise in spare songwriting and elegiac dream-pop soundscaping, "La Petite Mort Edition" morphs the experience into a mystifying, druggy delayed orgasm, dragging every crescendo into an edged squeal. Bonus points for providing a long-form mixed version for the tantra demons. Who said ambient music couldn't be sexy?