The new single “Dissolve” from Matt Bartram is out today. This is the first single off of his forthcoming full length due out in January. Available from all the digital outlets or directly from us via the Drifting Falling Bandcamp page. Turn it up and enjoy!
6. Collected Recordings | Gareth Dickson (Drifting Falling)
An over-looked gem of a record where Labradford meets Nick Drake in one of the most dream-like of recordings in 2009. Glasgow-based Dickson is a master craftsman and his songs are simply sublime.
07. Gareth Dickson: Collected Recordings (Drifting Falling)
Though Gareth Dickson cites Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, Bert Jansch, Robert Johnson, and Nick Drake as influences, it’s clearly the latter that stands out from that diverse crowd in Dickson’s music; in fact, there are a few songs on Collected Recordings that sound so uncannily like the long-dead legend, they could pass for newly-discovered Drake songs. Throughout Dickson’s fifty-minute recording, the finger-picking of his steel-stringed acoustic guitar merges wonderfully with his fragile voice, and the peaceful ambiance created by the slow-motion tracks proves seductive too.
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Although better known as the frontman for Brighton’s Air Formation, Matt Bartram has actually been making music in his own right for the past two years. Last year’s low-key release Arundel proved to be a seminal introduction which combined ambient melancholy with distilled electronica and Left To Memory, released earlier this month, takes his panoramic musical vision one step further. Take the album’s centrepiece, ‘Twelve String Loop’, for example; a glorious washed-out slab of voluptuous guitar ambience that features Christian Savill, formerly of Slowdive. Its angelic sounds join the record together like heavenly rivets, while the compellingly claustrophobic ‘Another Wave’ adds another string to Bartram’s already over-populated bow.
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Every November, just as we’ve done since 2005, we pay tribute to ten labels that have stood out from the crowd and brought us multiple hours of listening pleasure throughout the year. This installment’s selections are a typically wide-ranging group, with the labels collectively representing an encompassing stylistic range. Many are based in the US, while others call Singapore, Berlin, London, and Nottingham home.
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