REVIEW: AIR TEXTURE VOLUME II
The second installment of Air Texture, compiled by Loscil and Rafael Anton Irisarri, bundles 22 unreleased tracks with each compiler pitching in one of their own.
Air Texture is a series of ambient compilations overseen by James Healy. Each double-disc installment showcases an unmixed selection of tracks compiled by two ambient artists.
On Volume II, Canadian artist and sound director Loscil (aka Scott Morgan) and American composer Rafael Anton Irisarri present their playlist of ambient/neo-classical tracks created by the genre’s cream of the crop.
CD1 (Loscil) starts with Brian McBride’s solemnly beautiful violin/piano rendition "At a Loss". Subsequently, Marcus Fischer merges found sounds and guitar picking set off against a backdrop of drones. Loscil’s composition with its digital static, twinkling sounds and subtle thuds evokes images of a cold winter night. The mood remains in dark territories with Pan American’s exercise in distorted guitar with assorted percussion (rim clicks, brushes and bells). A favourite of the first selection is Frog City by Strategy: what start unassumingly with field recordings, grows into a stormy sea with swells of drones.
Further cuts on CD1 include amongst others 401 by P Jorgensen (an eerie, constantly evolving drone) and Rob Bridgett’s Field 3 (processed weather recordings seemingly inspired by the likes of Chris Watson and STL). Mitchell Akiyama concludes CD1 with slow burning but ultimately exploding piece for distorted organ and guitar. Read part 2
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