Boomkat Product Review:
Sarah Davachi, SK U Kno (Suzanne Kraft), Space Afrika, Tadd Mullinx, Emily A. Sprague and more help spell out Ghostly International’s conception of “contemporary melodic and incidental electronics”, or modern ambient music, with a fine haul of exclusive cuts .
Arriving to coincide with the label’s 20th year of operations, ‘Thousands of Eyes In The Dark’ aesthetically harks back to their early SMM (Slow-Moving music) compilations with a series of succinct, vignette like pieces arranged into a greater whole, intended as a thru-listen perhaps best received in domestic situations or while travelling without moving.
While sequenced to draw you in and keep you there, the LP is peppered with standout moments. Manchester’s ascendant Space Afrika duo follow their widely acclaimed 'Somewhere Decent To Live’ (Sferic, 2018), and comp spots for Alter and Mumdance with a mix of vaporous chords and echoic location recordings in ‘Canu’ that sounds like dozing off in a floatation tank in the Arndale. Sarah Davachi also impresses with the floating overtones of her ’Sybil’ meditation, while Suzanne Kraft aka SK U KNO yields a wash of elusive ambient chords in ‘Cut and Faze’, and Tadd Mullinix (Dabrye, JTC, X-Altera) feels out a lovely piece of gaseous kosmiche hues with ‘Woman In The Dunes.’