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5.0 out of 5 stars Nature and Nurture - Above and Below, 17 Nov. 2013
The Wolf (uk) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Satellite (Audio CD)
There is a pastoral undertow to Graham Richardson's fourth album 'Satellite',
recording as Last Days, which seems to have as much to do with the sky above
his head as it does the land beneath his feet. This is slow-moving music built
of subtle textures and a vast sense of space. Whilst not overtly programmatic
these fourteen compositions have their roots in wild, windswept landscapes,
the raw forces of nature and the unpredictable vicissitudes of the weather.

There is great beauty here too. Witness the luminous threnody of the title
track; a gently assembled arrangement for piano, strings and unobtrusive
electronics which seems almost to move in time with our breath and our
heartbeats.'Escape Velocity', too, unfolds at a snail's pace but this time
the melodic elements are almost undermined by a dark static-ridden drone,
creating a tense sonic chiaroscuro which threatens to drag it all down into
darkness. The unfettered final bars, however, suggest a more hopeful resolution.
'If' is a delightful construction of birdsong and tinkling bells set against
a simple dreamy piano and angular guitar ostinato and the extended piece
'To The Sky' makes it just possible to imagine the deepest corners of the universe.

To categorise this music as "ambient" would be to miss the point entirely;
its place in in the foreground of a long Summer night with a sky full of stars.

Highly Recommended.
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