Boomkat Product Review:
Wave is a rarified and gently captivating expression of ambient romance, making up Christian Naujocks’ 3rd and best album yet with Lawrence’s Dial label out of Hamburg.
Flitting like a friendly spectre somewhere between Arthur Russell’s quietest worlds of echo, the high-ceilinged Didsbury tone of The Durutti Column, and the lingering dust-in-air blues studies of Loren Connors, it’s the kind of record which dissolves our perceptions of time passing, dreamily drawing our focus to the spaces in between the notes as much as their dappled, coruscating tones.
It reprises an element that we really liked about Naujocks’ contributions to the Sky Walking project with RVDS and Peter M. Kersten (Lawrence), namely the sense of layered, levitating space and tranquility; a kind of slow, breezy freshness that works on the cusp of emotions, wavering between serenity and melancholy with a patient, wordless ambiguity that would be deeply spoilt by the appearance of any actual vocals.
That considered simplicity is however belied by exquisite production values, and executed with a gilded subtlety that reinforces a beautifully sophisticated album for the ages.
Recommended for quiet evenings in.