Things move slowly in Scott Morgan's world. Recording as Loscil this Canadian electronic musician/composer has been making music in much the same mould since 1998. His ambient inventions have a minimalist intimacy which is both structured and experimental. His sonic landscapes are built up around simple pulsing rhythmic foundations, sometimes hauntingly bleak (for example 'Pressure' from his 1991 album 'Triple Point') and at others almost warmly inviting in nature (witness the beautiful title track from his 2004 release 'First Narrows'). The common thread in all his work is a singularly unhurried muse which, although non-programmatic and open to subjective interpretation, is nonetheless highly listenable.
His new recording 'Sketches From New Brighton' is a fine addition to his oeuvre. These nine pieces are full of a hundred kinds of shadow and light and are blessed with greater density and subtle melodic variation than we have encountered before. The warm, gently pulsing ebb and flow of opening track 'Khanamoot' and the luminous 'Second Narrows' display an almost jazzy sensibility; the subterranean depths of 'Fifth Anchor Span' are cut through with plaintive guitar lines and icy synth decorations, like strange blue lights blinking half-seen beneath the ice and final track 'Prairie Trains' both broods and glistens like a boundless night sky stretching to infinity.
Mr Morgan's hidden depths continue to deliver unexpected delights.