Mirador / Ozen
TBR: 26th April
This second number on the P&F catalogue brings the third offering from ambient electronic symphonistas Ghost Vision. Already with deck time from influential DJs like Lovefingers and Jonny Rock, this two track blaster gives the ambient room something to chew on. Fusing old technology with new hardware brings home a uniquely blended sound that captures the best parts of the whole electronic music journey. Building on strong and solid foundations and then decorating the entire place with the most up-to-date furnishings makes sure we have something that's going to last. Said to balance the chakras and instil a sense of inner peace, we're invited to be swept away by the tide of musicality that is Mirador / Ozen.
The first track begins with a euphoric synthesiser tone. It spans a wide key and puts chord structure down for the drums to keep in time with. A beat resounds over the top like a flock of birds, each wingbeat represented by a crash of cymbal, or a tap of the snare-drum. Synth bass creeps in, plodding along in a slow but steady throb through the well ordered trees. High-pitched droning sounds echo from cliff-edge to the ground while a smartly dressed piano melody starts to tell a sonic story. Notes jump and giggle together, shifting in phase to alter their expressions. Dreamy and well-manicured, guitar sounds seem to dwell in a distant part of the room. A remarkable adventure spans out and we're gently prodded along the avenue by catchy and provocative beats.
Finishing on Ozen, the offering has only just begun. Almost double the length of Mirador, this finale wants to draw us further in with extra-ordinary sounds. A shaker and subtle bass start the scenery, their lines draw patterns in the sand which we gladly follow in a playful maze. Spiralling notes flutter and fall through graceful leaves snagged on their still growing branches. Progression forms a surge of energy, notes begin to compete with each other for unison glory while the rhythm ensues with an intention to grow. Then, as if someone turns off a tap, everything ceases but for a slow, well-timed drip. The pressure of the moment can't stop this track, though, and each drip passes by and shifts the faucet ever more open. A measured pour takes over, steady culminations of built up integrity worm their way through the gradually opening gap. A recording of a live performance, this track makes use of space and resonance to build fantastic volleys of synthesiser over anticipation and atmosphere.
Drawing on sounds of the new age to provide a psychill escapade into aural mystery, Ghost Vision bring on a universe of gentle experience.
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