I'd qualify this as really good kraut inspired ambiant. There are cycles of looping synth which create quite an atmosphere and just go on. It's close to minimal, yet rather rich. Very good.
Favorite track: Doubler Stones.
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Enclosures follows Craven Faults’ debut album Erratics & Unconformities. These 37 minutes of music are the start of the next journey. New terrain and more refined methods of travel. Dark clouds gathering.
We’re out of the blocks quickly. German engineering carries us swiftly across the moors on a Saturday night rendezvous. Two almost identical mushroom shaped rocks are the destination. There’s evidence of previous rituals carried out. We’ll let the numbers do the talking.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
2 3 4 5 6 7 1
3 4 5 6 7 1 2
Two hours due north we go in search of the power source. Cascading. An experiment in performance over a fixed point. Tape loops recorded in 1967 at The Philadelphia College of Art. Woodwind purchased from a charity shop in Yeadon. The concept of work was forgotten. We’re back on the millstone grit of the Mid Craven Fault for an exercise in simplification. Familiar territory. Sometimes the theory isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and there’s still power in hammering a single note over two chords – a lesson learnt from the American South in the late 40s and early 50s and boiled down in the late 60s. Olympic Sound Studios, April 1967. The Hit Factory, April 1969.
On Erratics & Unconformities, Craven Faults often found a calm inner space in the vistas. Here the tensions of the early EPs return, with a focus on how human ‘progress’ has impacted and shaped the landscape. How the land was divided now shapes our present and future, and retracing that journey is particularly pertinent.
released November 27, 2020
Instrumentation & Studio Processing:
MU System Modular Synthesiser
Korg ES50 Lambda String Synthesiser
Farfisa Professional Organ
Yamaha CPSO Electric Grand Piano
Fender Musicmaster Bass Guitar
Burns Double Six 12-String Electric Guitar
MPC Electronics Drum Synthesiser Modules
Sequential Circuits Drumtraks Drum Machine
Elka Sidekick 32 Drum Machine
This album caught my eye and ear as someone who grew up living in a new town in Hertfordshire and now lives in new city in Egypt. The album encapsulates a sense of the doomed promise of such ventures, and the way in which such synthetic managerial ways to constructing a culture through architecture always sow the seeds of their own failure. The music resonates this duality perfectly - the beauty of the utopian dreams that birthed such cities, but the grim experience of their realities. nujumi