Boomkat Product Review:
We're welcomed once again into the drifting analogue atmospheres of Deepchord's Steve Hitchell with a revised and extended CD edition of his Variant album, 'Setting Sun'. This was previously only available to the download crew, but Hitchell has edited the tracklist to omit the 44 minute epic 'Falling Stars' in favour of a selection of slightly shorter (by his standards) cuts, which thankfully still carry the same intangibly soporific touch. 'As Time Stood Still' gently coaxes the set into life with richly pulsing subbass and delicate atmospheric ephemera shaped from field recordings in Berlin and Japan, before new tracks 'Enchanted' and 'Upon A Dream' ebb away into purely gaseous ambient states sheltering those spectral dub chords he's loved for. 'Someplace Else' briefly returns to a rhythmic format with deeply padded stream of bass, but 'Adrift' soon plunges us back into the hazy cinematic realm with a sound to satisfy fans of Tim Hecker, and Basic Channel. The epic title track is saved for last here, closing this chapter of Hitchell's dream wih Basinski-like pianos degraded into the surface of a shimmering swell of treated analog distortion that's one of his most ambitious tracks to date. Beautifully lush stuff.