Boomkat Product Review:
Craig Vear has been working in the field of electro-acoustic and computer composition for over 10 years, although he's probably best known for his role in the short lived pop group, Cousteau. Now recording for the revived Mille Plateaux label, Craig has composed an album of icy digital textures and gaseous drones in 'Summerhouses', largely using arctic field recordings and recalling the work of Thomas Köner, Robert Henke or Francisco Lopez. With deft modulations of his spare source material Vear shapes richly detailed and densely engrossing sounscapes, from the ultra-bleak 'Crevasse Blue' to more dynamic constructions like 'Repulsion' which strongly remind us of Nana April Jun's opaque, gaseous structures. 'Intertidal Pool' is among the most meditative, painting a vivid scene of cold fluid motion and then there's the one-chord highlight of 'After The Sinking', a subtly dramatic piece sculpted with the merest of ingredients to recall Stars Of The Lid's somnabulent stirrings.