Boomkat Product Review:
Remastered reissue of Gigi Masin's immersive 1986 ambient-pop masterpiece 'Wind', extracting oceans of introspective energy from a bare arrangement of synths, keys and voice.
Wind was first issued in 1986 on Masin's private imprint, Bear In The Moon, and marked the start of a much loved catalogue which has more recently flourished with contributions to the Music From Memory label, including a solo 2LP compilation and the Gaussian Curve album, beside his work on that first Lifted LP for PAN alongside Co la and Max D.
Coming from a similar place, spiritually speaking, as the pioneering work of K. Leimer and Savant, and finding modern antecedents in the exploratory, bittersweet arrangements of Laura Groves or pretty much anything you’d hear on Do!!You!!!, 'Wind' is a total dream for lovers of ambient music that hits a more overtly emotional register, coaxing the most tender, nuanced sensations from a palette of piano, synth, guitar, trumpet and tenor sax fringed with tape FX and those sparingly-used but heart-rending vocals.
A sense of fragility is central to the record's appeal, beckoning the listener with the sanguine pop of 'Call Me' before subtly stripping us down across the creaking, soft-focussed electronic edges and expressive sax in 'Swallow's Tempest', thru the B-side's beautiful atmospherics which close the record on 'The Sea of Sand'.
Lots of throwaway ambient wallpaper out there, this one really isn’t that.