'Estuarine's minimal and plaintive piano phrases wouldn't be nearly so alluring were they not partially hidden away from you, and the stretched-out violins of the title track only function as beautifully as they do because they're cradled by a low, warm hum of filtered out, ambient sound matter. Rather than merely revelling in protracted linear drone exercises, Morgan latches his music to subtle rhythmic elements throughout the album, most prominently highlighted by 'Dub For Cascadia' - whose melancholy chord surges, crackling waves of static and contoured bass throbs sound like Stars Of The Lid playing along to something from the first three Pole albums. It's difficult to contemplate such a thing, but Endless Falls might be that rarest of things: an album whose best track is a spoken-word piece. In this case Destroyer's Daniel Bejar takes to the mic for the nine-minute closing piece. 'The Making Of Grief Point' is nine minutes of dramatically-charged, glitching, Biosphere-like drone, spun from downplayed neo-classical instrumentation and filtered loops, all accompanying Bejar's typically elliptical, digression-prone and fractured lyrics.
Morgan released Stases, a collection of drones based upon the backgrounds of his work for Kranky. The album was made available as a free download-only release from One Records.
"I find that organic sounds have a kind of richness about them and you can shape them in so many different ways."
Seventh album of amorphous ambient drift as Loscil. 'Sketches From New Brighton' is an impressionistic collection inspired by his time spent watching the ships drift by from an ocean side park in Vancouver. It unfolds as gracefully as that imagery evokes; massive abstract shapes serenely, quietly cut across rippling rhythmic patterns, distant fog horn like sonorities ricocheting across the bay with the noirish, North Western elegance of a Badalamenti theme for a Twin Peaks.
" Equivalents - A series of photographs of clouds by the photographer Alfred Steiglitz beginning in 1925 Who's intent was meant to detach the actual image from the subject. In this case the subject was something other than the clouds. In music all are equivalents as music is truly abstract by its very nature, so what you conger up is yours and yours only.
"Equivalents" finds Loscil exploring a variety of sonic terrains, vast open spaces as defined by haunting and mesmerizing electronic tones.
'Strathcona' is a brilliant return for Morgan, charting a micro-melodic, minimalist structure that brings to mind works like Taylor Deupree's Stil. or the more recent works from Biosphere. Using just two chords, Morgan stirs up a glorious sound world that builds up to orchestral proportions, filtering its way through deceptively simple passages that lead towards a 'Union Dusk' - a sequel of sorts that takes the same essential ingredients, adding xylophone melodies and a more rigid sense of rhythm before 'Midnight On Princess' dismantles the momentum, opting for a more mysterious and altogether cinematic drone-based soundscape. Good stuff, this.