April 12, 2024

400 Lonely Things – Mother Moon (Album – Cold Spring)

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Genre/Influences: Cinematic, Dark-Ambient, Experimental.

Format: Digital, CD.

Background/Info: Craig Varian released his first works as 400 Lonely Things twenty years ago. This new work is a conceptual release inspired by the artistic work of Richard Scott Hill. You’ll find information about his work on the net while the front cover is an illustration made by him.

Content: This work leads us into deep, mysterious, Ambient fields. It has something pretty Cinematic as well. The composition is made of field recordings, electronic sound treatments and a few, spoken, words.

+ + + : There’s a kind of duality running throughout the work I really like. It has a deeply relaxing, and evasive effect on one side and an ominous sensation at the other side. The artist excels in the use of an extended, sonic, canvas which he infused with few spoken, sampled, words getting git more mysterious and still visual at the same time. I like most of the tracks but especially the last -and maybe darkest one, is my personal favorite.

– – – : You feel that the album has been conceived as a conceptual work and I miss the visual side it has been inspired by.

Conclusion: An interesting album filled with contrast although remaining pretty homogenous.

Best songs: “I Live In The Green Blooded Forest”, “Oh My Soul”, “Many Moons”.

Rate: 7½.

Artist: www.400lonelythings.com / www.facebook.com/400LonelyThings

Label: www.coldspring.co.uk / www.facebook.com/coldspringhq

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