Vital Weekly: MS55.

October 20, 2009

That’s an odd name I thought Seasons (pre-din), which is a project by someone from the UK, who had a couple of releases on his own Thy Rec, all highly limited and handmade, which caught the attention of Boomkat and Type Records. Mystery Sea tells me, and since I didn’t hear Seasons (pre-din) before, that he uses “forest-tinted field recordings with dissolved instrumental passages (dulcimer, singing bowl)’ but ‘recent developments saw his sound getting sparser and more vivid as it is now centered on piano and guitar infused orchestral loops with environmental sounds still percolating, but more subsidiary’. It starts out with some sounds, which could be piano, guitar or orchestral loops, highly filtered cutting all the bass and mid end, but those return later on in the piece. I must say that this release sounded a bit ‘muffled’, everything seems to be ‘pushed’ together, with not much room to breath, or add space to the individual sounds. What I don’t understand is why Seasons (pre-din) wants to this to be one piece, since its clearly a bunch of pieces stuck together? Why not the ‘song’ approach? Now it suggests a composition of one thing, but if you hear the piece than you know its built from several smaller ones crossfading into eachother. The music is alright, not very ‘sea’ like (if you know the nature of this label), but not outstanding good or surprisingly new. Not good, not bad, dark and pleasant. The drone field world.


2 Responses to “Vital Weekly: MS55.”

  1. James said

    One of the strangest ‘reviews’ I’ve ever read. If I didn’t know the record already I’d have been none the wiser, other than the fact he doesn’t really like it. I know what he means though, the lack of individual tracks and the way they all delicately drift in and out of each other is so annoying! (Sarcasm there, just in case that didn’t come across)

    Thanks for the downloads btw

  2. mvk said

    Having already listened to the record before reading this review, I was a little surprised myself. I’ve been subscribed to the Vital Weekly for many years, and Frans usually appears to be quite fond of ‘similar’ sounds. A live set of mine was reviewed some times ago, where the reviewer took a really fascist approach to my sounds, comparing it to his undoubtedly far more ‘exciting’ experiences at shows that are more bon ton. I suppose reviewers just have a degree of power and there’s nothing to be done about that. Rest assured that there is at least one person out there enjoying!

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