Boomkat Product Review:
Inspired move from the formidable Vertical Form imprint, Mark Nelson's sublime side project alongside his day job as the main man in Labradford taking the label into new spheres of generic cross-integration. This superb album is a departure for Pan American, the key dub influences and scope of instrumentation have been reduced, the vocals have been removed. What's left is an artist taking a bold step into the world of minimal electronic soundscaping. The opening 'Plains' juxtaposes precise location recordings and slivers of ambience alongside a lonely story-telling Piano Line. From there on in, the journey heads towards Europe and it's vast fields of reduced electronic music. 'For a running Dog' may as well have come from Cologne for all its deep and absorbing 4/4 excavations, the game only given away as the distinct Pan Americanisms of deep tones and cinematic qualities come in to engulf the senses. 'Place Names' succeeds beautifully in enabling Nelson's emotive Fender Rhodes to glide over the reduced beats and hint at things that were often declared with a louder voice within previous Pan American efforts. This is the key to this album's success - an allegiance to the 'Less is More' aesthetic that keeps at its core a host of sounds and styles that are unashamedly emotional, often moving. As such, it comes across as a unique piece of work. Highly Recommended.