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Liquid Liquid drummer Dennis Young offers up a trio of mid/late-‘80s ambient gestures on James Duncan’s Brooklyn-based private press; Innermoods
Further to a series of exquisite archival salvages dealt by S. Korea’s Daehan Electronics, ‘Portastudio Ambient Tapes’ catches Young in pursuit of new age spirits during his post-Liquids years. Using a Tascam Portastudio multitrack tape recorder and synths, he shaped a sound that echoed his ‘70s NYC minimalist forebears such as La Monte Young with a mix of wistful vocal raga and cottony arps in three parts.
It’s a sound far removed from his early dance trax, including the utterly seminal ‘Cavern’ as sampled on Grandmaster Flash’s ‘White Lines’, and speaks to more esoteric conception of composition as a tool for meditation or simply daydreaming in the midst of the big apple (or wherever else it’s applied). It’s at its most spirited and richly psychedelic in the iridescent shimmer and lilting vocal cadence of ‘Hymn’, while ‘Moonlight Oasis’ follows a mellifluous instrumental hunch with twinkling keys and elliptical harmonies into the pulsating kosmiche lift of ‘Rhapsody’, which all remain exclusive to this pressing and come warmly recommended to anyone who picked up his trio for Daehan Electronics.