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Swans guitarist Norman Westberg hollows out emotional landscapes that should sing loud to fans of Stars of the Lid, Celer, Fennesz and Lawrence English (who incidentally helps out with the production). Toastier than a chestnut roasting on an open fire.
Room40 boss Lawrence English has assisted Swans' Norman Westberg on multiple projects at this point, so the two have a symbiotic sense of collaboration. Here, they channel distinct winter moods (the USA's big freeze and Australia's dimming light) into two brief, cloudy slabs of harmonic ambience as English chisels away at Westberg's string drones, fading them into smudgy euphoria.
There's no shortage of pillowy ambient music around right now, but 'Short Songs for the Long Winter' brings to mind the reliable simplicity of early Stars of the Lid, Manual or even Fennesz with its glacial, blissful mood. Lovely.