Genre: drone, ambient
Another day, another
fine ambient mini-CDR from DIY label Dust Wind Tales. This one comes
from the very recently prolific Mark Bradley, whose
experience in drone music certainly shows on Shimmer. This
titillatingly brief release begins with a three-part track,
"Ascension," which - true to its title - guides the listener upwards
via a rich, ethereal ambience. The first and third parts possess an
airy sound reminiscent of work by Biosphere, as well as the
ambient releases on Pete Namlook's FAX +49-69/450464 label.
Meanwhile, the second part is uncharacteristically dark and
brooding, sort of like the sinister hum one might expect in the
depths of an ancient boiler room. Following the "Ascension" trilogy,
the record concludes with two quick compositions - impeccably
beautiful but frustratingly brief "Gone" and surprising "Dawn,"
which is a backmasked snippet of brooding post-rock - replete with rhythms and even a
pseudo-melodic bass part. Despite its unexpected conclusion,
Bradley's Shimmer is a terrific little smudge of ambient
drone music that has left me craving more - an often frustrating hallmark of any good record.
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