Boomkat Product Review:
**Limited Edition Deluxe Pressing on 200g wax in a sublime, embossed letter-press sleeve** After providing one of 2014’s standout albums 'Wilderness of Mirrors’ - without question one of the finest ambient albums we’ve heard in a while, Lawrence English returns to penetrate that most desolate zone of the psyche with an incredible suite of treated and layered field recordings made in Patagonia and Antarctica in 2010. With only the barest signs of life coming from a distant bird call detected towards the end of the B-side, we're left stranded in the centre of a howling polar gale, shivering and operating on heightened instinct. Well, to be fair I'm in a warm office in Manchester right now, but if I shut my eyes and turn the fan up it's a slight approximation. Brrr. We all know what it feels and sounds like to be outside or even indoors during a heavy storm, but it can take another person's perspective to make you really pay attention to its sonic subtleties, a skill which esteemed field recordist English has in abundance. Thanks to his incredibly keen ear for timbral and textural detail, coupled with a technical dexterity and patient soul, both of these pieces offer an intense yet eerily detached experience, at once dazzling, frightening and visceral, with a life-affirming sense of reverence and wonder at the power of nature and humankind's willingness to endure extreme situations. To put it simply, if you loved 'Wilderness of Mirrors', you'll adore this record, too. Highly Recommended.