Werra Foxma Records
Out 31st September
Not every artist is capable of making work that makes you stop thinking and pay attention. Most can only add to the things already on your mind. Missouri based electronica musician Oceanographer is one of the former. His manipulations of sound are capable of turning heads and making them move to the subtle swaying of the beat. When it comes to ambient music production, none are better at fusing delicacy with intrigue than Oceanographer. Nectar is a latest LP and to offer a distinctively fascinating journey into the serious and sentimental.
Soaring horns travail the skyline in flutters of gusty tone, layers of harmonising character join in tapestries of kite-like bunting that stretches into nets. Bells join the foray in an echoing corridor of adjustments. High and low tones merge through a wood effected amplitude as synthesiser tones brush the arthropod-like colour changes with inventive and intuitive strokes. Meeting Of Hearts adapts to a beautiful humming between resonant inflections of humanity and machine that dance to the patterns of mutual acceptance.
The enchanting Cloud King follows in which a singing-bowl drone melody evolves into fractal chimes and harmonic resonances. Distorted percussion pours from one side to the other in Dali-esque betrayals of nature. Repeating chimes playfully gurgle like infant toys being used by intelligent elves only they can see. A dappling of form overpowers the majority of the sensation with bass that clinks and claps over furniture and drapery.
A tubular scratching kinesis opens into watery backgrounds that bubble and waft with sunny dances. Disparate funnels of moving air coalesce into a waterfall that churns with torrential and effervescent opaqueness. Walls of crystalline pressure buffet the moving current of time that swiftly swims through interdimensional waterscapes and flow. Twinkling lights decorate the upper reaches of the charming surrounding, contained yet positioned within a well-defined evolution. Kettle Dance sweeps us away in clouds of vapour.
Ghostly debris and train sidings clatter with gradual motion as carriages pass through on long-distance journeys. Slowing down to a crawl, empty architecture illuminates under the glare of rolling lamps. Greasy metalwork slides against oily machinery which loops through alien dreams and evaporations of old memory. After The Rain, Before The Rainbow is that magical chapter in which nostalgic phantoms reminisce against charcoal hued skies. The sun comes out through a lattice of speckled cloud-fare and wisps that glisten underfoot.
Kaleidoscope Joy unveils on soaring chimes and sparkling rivers that glitter and splash with luminous physics. A circular image manifests as melodic rhythm pushes higher with harmony lent by generous pad synthesisers that rise in warm currents. Multi-layered and blissful, the music forms imaginary realms of infinite splendour within compartments of tone and choice of sound manifestation.
Next, a slight tone breaths into existence, meandering and shifting like differing liquids flowing into the same glass. A surge of decadent cushioning forms within, odd keys lend a sense of awkward abandon to a joyous medley of character and sense. New tones submerge from hidden surfaces and become part of the mixture with calling and otherworldly non-linear intentions. Aurora opens like forest flowers, bringing a mingle of instruments and percussion together in a flux of energetic sundances.
Sweeping choruses of aquatic song beckon the senses as Sightings ends the album. Passive incantations form over whisking sensations that caress with gentle perceptiveness. Spongy rhythms fizzle in warming air while distressed tones crumble into long instilled ethers. Foaming sprites of distilled sound vibrate into floral bouquets stitched with fairy-lights and rugged vesper books. A manifestation of promise, long-awaited wishes granted, and folded realities meeting in the centre.
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