Review: Since debuting in 2007, Brock Van Wey has released more albums as bvdub than most artists manage in a lifetime but his latest work "Explosions in Slow Motion" is something to behold. Van Wey has rarely made anything quite as heart-achingly poignant, beautiful and sorrowful as this. Fom start to finish, it's a stunning piece of work. Built around electro-acoustic manipulations of layered neo-classical works, the album's eight tracks variously throb, hum, pulse and slowly unfurl, offering slowly-shifting movements that sit somewhere between the kind of claustrophobic ambient works delivered by dub techno producers, classical minimalism and stretched-out drone works. In a word: breathtaking.
Review: Arovane and Porya Hatami first collaborated back in 2015 and have since gone on to release a trio of albums that brilliantly blur the boundaries between ambient, drone, modern classic and field recordings. Kaziwa was first released on CD and digital formats back in 2016, but here gets its very first vinyl edition. Clearly, demand for copies will be high, because it's arguably their best work. Based around largely poignant and melancholic piano meditations tightly wrapped in atmospheric field recordings, drawn-out ambient chords, crackling vinyl noise and audio textures drenched in delay, the album is simultaneously claustrophobic and strangely uncluttered. The resultant tracks are faultlessly spellbinding.
Review: n5MD is an independent record label based in Oakland, California. The label primarily focused on electronic music, but also now releases music in compatible genres such as shoegaze, post-rock, IDM and electro-acoustic. Last Days debut, 'Sea' told the story of one man's journey. Now with his fifth album, Graham Richardson returns to the sea to examine a range of nautical vocations and exploits. Said to be inspired by shipping routes, Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated voyage on the Endurance, to families being disjointed and reunited; the Seafaring LP goes some way to hint at what the oceans present to us. It reflects on it's subject matter by coherently linking moments that are minimal and still, to those that are compelling and cinematic and will be the first Last Days album pressed on vinyl.