Ascending By Night is taken from the debut collaborative album from Sam Prekop (The Sea and Cake) and John McEntire (Tortoise), but given how excellent is it I think they should probably commit to at least half a dozen more. With four sprawling electronic compositions clocking in at just under an hour, Sons Of gives allows of its tracks the time to develop; to morph from one thing to another, with tonal shifts from dark to light and back again a common theme. Beautiful, patiently handled and exquisitely crafted.
This came out all the way back in January, so not exactly hot off the presses by any means, but then you’re not following this blog for its comprehensiveness, are you? It’s pretty ridiculous I missed not only this, but an entire album since, given how much I liked Shawn Rudiman’s previous album Conduit, but anyway: this is brilliant, sinewy modular techno, pulsing with barely restrained aggression and I absolutely love it.
I’m back! Did you miss me? Sorry for the complete lack of posting for the last week or so, but it felt real good not to open a computer or do anything except interact with people IRL and consume endless amounts of everything that’s bad for me.
This is the time of year that I start looking at everyone else’s Best Of lists and realise that despite listening to really quite a lot of music, I’ve missed some absolutely incredible stuff. So apologies if the next month or so includes things you’ve been on for months. Case in point: Emily. A Sprague’s mesmerising Hill, Flower, Fog from which Horizon is taken; a blissful six-track ambient album comprised of little more than gently modulating synths and lush, undulating pads.