Where Ambient Lives
Rhythmic white noise marks the entrance of the album, quickly fading into a muffled pulsing which almost sounds in time. This ambient album has a personality, and within moments its clear that we're in for something interesting. As the distant sound of strangeness evolves, more tones are added gracefully and moderately, granting a slow but genuine build into a fascinating mixture. A slightly different pitch begins to whistle over the amalgamation and it symbols the pace. We're being asked to pay attention, for the devil in these details is where the art is.
Otherwise known as Frans de Waard, Quay is the first album released under this new guise, Quest. Track one builds like an old fashioned steam engine, as the mighty weight of the machine is lunged forward, the momentum takes a long time to gather but as it does, when it does, there's a sudden flush of energy. In this case, the music builds up like a bath, and nothing much happens until it begins to over-flow. The surge of the moving water dragging more over the side.
The foundation of sound and rhythm can be found in all music but with Quay the architecture is unique and inspiring. Space-age soundscapes drift along in dreamy bubbles of well crafted sonic experience, giving the mind many angles and conceptual sensations to absorb and muse upon. Experimenting with sound and what it sounds like when played in various ways doesn't always make good music. I get the feeling that this album consisted of much more work, which was shaken down and tampered with to form what we have today. It was worth the wait, and the effort, as the cream of the sessions has given us a deep and intriguing work of musical art.
The album is out now from Bandcamp
Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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