This is the latest album from Durham’s David Newlyn. In putting this album together, Mr Newlyn explored the outdoors of Bruges, Belgium to capture the impact the environment using a curious mix of recording devices including micro cassettes, phones, and cameras.
This is a very chilled out and ambient long player. Each track flows into one another to create a seamless journey. There is a deep atmosphere that covers the whole album making you feel like you are wondering round a quiet regional area in the middle of winter with a kind of coldness floating through the music. This is the sort of album that is best experienced from start to finish allowing the music to take you on the slow but steady journey through the cold.
The album opens with the calm but chilly sounds of Dependence. Atheist continues the vibe with a subtle industrial feel gradually entering the sound. Why does my number change has a certain brighter feel to it as if a ray of sunshine was pushing through the clouds. Set four has a deeper, darker vibe as if you are wondering through a cave, sounding like a more dense version of This Mortal Coil. The album closes with the slightly louder and more energetic Deletion On. The scrapes and tape sounds are much louder creating a more intense atmosphere making you feel like you are in an old deserted factory in the middle of the night.
This is a beautiful collection of experimental sounds woven together to create an epic journey of an album. The record is short and sweet with no filler or drawn out moments, while there are all sorts of interest effects going off to keep it interesting the whole way through!
Check out the album’s webpage to find out more!