Anyone familiar with the solo/collaborative works of Guthrie and Budd will already know what to expect.
Recorded in 2006 these two albums 'After the night falls', and its companion mirror-opposite album 'Before the day breaks', explore the well-charted depths of the ambient and the melodic. However, this is no ordinary trip. This is a complex project in which themes are approached from two angles. Each angle appears on each album respectively.
What you end up with is hauntingly beautiful ambient moods, slow piano melodies and guitar drones that sound from another world.
Anyway, that is as far as I can go to explain the music for it must be heard and absorbed.
:: about the vinyl
On first hearing snippets of these albums when they came out I simply never got around to buying them either on MP3 or CD. However, I suddenly discovered this limited-to-500 box set. Both albums packaged together on high quality vinyl. I snapped it up immediately and I was not disappointed.
Each album has its own 12" disc. It is heavy duty black vinyl but it is just shy of being the audiophile 180g (but I could be mistaken). There is absolutely no noise, crackles or pops. This is as close to perfect as you'll hear these albums. The tracks sound crystal clear, sharp and deep. A perfect rounded sound for ambient music that you can only get on vinyl.
They come housed in a gatefold sleeve with the artwork for each album printed on front and back with the credits and tracklisting on the inside.
You also get a download code for the 320kbps version of the MP3 to save you having to convert. A nice little bonus.
There are plenty of reviews of these two albums as MP3s and on CD but if you have a turntable and absolutely adore these albums then you won't want to miss out on the vinyl. There's only 500 of them so snap it up if you see it!