Boomkat Product Review:
Marc Barreca’s homespun, Eno-esque ambient opus, Twilight (1980) sees an expanded 3rd vinyl repress on Kerry Leimer’s fantastic Palace Of Lights label some 35 years since the last run from their West Coast U.S. base.
Arriving amidst a rightful resurgence of interest about the label and its roster stoked by comprehensive reissue/compilations from RVNG Intl. and Vinyl-on-Demand, this augmented new pressing of Marc Barreca’s debut LP offers an absorbing embrace of Brian Eno’s systems-based ambient music, which, back in 1980, presented exploratory synthesists with new strategies towards the ultimate ideal of an improvised ambient music at once informed by, yet detached from, human input - an attempt to cede control to the machines, allowing a cosmic chaos into the music making process and see what may come.
The results are concise and starkly beautiful, rendering the original album’s 12 pieces plus 2 bonus parts exclusive to this pressing, strafing fine lines between pastoral oases of glassy melody and percussion thru to more haunted harmonics and zones of mechanically claimed abstraction with a fidelity that weirdly recalls the feeling of those recent videos of modern AI processing scenes from Bladerunner.
Judging from the really deep-probing and genuinely haunting sounds within, it’s been sorely overlooked for all these years; offering a firmer, tripper alternative to a lot of the fluffier West Coast new age music of that era, whilst the bonus parts of The League of Wind and The Blue Gate perfectly complement the original LP.