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This arrived in front of me the other day and I’ve not stopped listening to it. It’s been a treat having it pumping through my headphones on a night time, enveloping my thoughts in a dense wave of sound. Sounds are stretched out of proportion, becoming an abstraction of their original form. Beneath the mass, you can hear slight nuances of the melodies that created the noise, but they disappear as quickly as they appear, back into the dream like haze from which they surfaced.

It’s a perfect soundtrack to a dream state, whether it be during the day or night. Recalling artists such as Tim Hecker and William Basinski, it’s just got that intensely heavy yet soft sound which I find so soothing to. Movements of Night is a very apt title for the record. There’s just a barely real, hazy feel to the sound that links in so well with dreams. The cover too seems like a strange abstraction of some bigger picture, almost space like in texture.

Stand out track for me is “Closer” which moved me in such a way that without knowing it, I’d listening to it 5 times in a row before breaking concentration. There’s just something I find so satisfying about listening to a melody that has almost decayed and fallen into itself, barely ever reaching fruition but still managing to be prominent. Highly recommended if you like your music beat free, loud and heady.

Movements of Night is out October 29th on Students of Decay. Apparently the first vinyl release for Secret Pyramid, which is always a good thing.

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You may, or may not know that I’m a fan of both John Cale and Tim Hecker. I was therefore very glad to find out that the latter was ‘reworking’ material of the former artist for a special record store day release, a collection of remixed tracks from John Cale’s Extra Playful EP. It feature a range of musicians including Tim Hecker and Leyland Kirby and is being put out on Double Six records.

The standard Tim Hecker sound is there. Slowly droning along, without ever giving any glimpse of moving beyond a crawling pace. It’s a rich, industrial soundscape full of texture and depth. That’s why I find his work so utterly compelling. It never tries to be anything outrageous or challenging, but somehow manages to come across as completely intriguing. The true genius of the work is present in the smallest and most subtle details.

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This is a beautiful record. Not much happens, but that’s why it’s so good. It’s the sort of record you could put on and feel instantly relaxed while listening to it. I feel that it would be perfectly suited to a slow but vivid dream in a sparse wilderness, full of emptiness yet still beautiful.

While never going louder a slight murmur, the real attraction lies in the way the music flows. Never bothering to go in a different direction and never really needing to.  It’s easy to just ignore it. But if you put your mind, and ears, to it you will easily get some pleasure. I have been informed that Tsone is Tony Obr from Phoenix, Arizona. There’s not a lot of information out there, but this ambiguity certainly fits the music.

More of his music in on Bandcamp. It’s well worth a listen.

It’s out now on Dark Era Tapes, a lovely little DIY cassette label putting out ambient/minimalist records. Check them out.