Boomkat Product Review:
*Featuring exclusive, previously unreleased material from Leyland Kirby, Goldmund, Peter Broderick, Jacaszek, The Fun Years, Svarte Greiner, Rafael Anton Irisarri and more* Ghostly International inaugurate their new yearly SMM series with a sterling selection of modern adult contemporary, minimalism and evocative imaginary soundscaping. The fragile beauty of Goldmund's 'Motion' sets the mood, before Leyland Kirby, pre-eminent master of queasy ambient, offers the grey swoon of 'Polaroid' and Svarte Greiner (Erik Skodvin, half of Deaf Center) offers the solemn and drafty strings of 'Halves'. Polish artist, Jacaszek contributes the dilapidated, Basinski-like keys and burnished ambience of 'Elegia', and The Fun Years lighten the mood some with the ambiguous shading and slow burning psychedelia of 'Cornelia Amygdaloid'. Meanwhile, Rafael Anton Irisarri aka The Sight Below makes a beautiful offering in the Satie-debted 'Moments Decend On My Windowpane' and Peter Broderick closes this initial chapter with the pulse-slowing acoustic plucks and electronics of 'Pause'. Whether used as background or "furniture" music, or for intimate solo consumption, the context is up to you, but the music remains exquisitely elegant and heartbreaking. Beautifully picked and presented by Ghostly - Highly Recommended.