Warm Surface Noise For Submersive Types


1) Side One 2) Side Two 3) Side Two-And-A-Bit 4) Side A 5) Side B 6) Side 0

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t seems as if Jim DeJong from Canada finally settled on one name: The Sand Rays. He writes about the new album being a sampler of earlier releases, or as he puts it on the cover, "some portions have appeared on earlier releases". I am too lazy to look if I know which pieces came from what release; maybe because I want to avoid a lazy copy/paste review of earlier stuff and instead sit back for 67 minutes and enjoy it all, as fresh as it is, like hearing it for the first time. In addition, DeJong informs me about the title and how it refers to the surface noise of all life. These sounds accompany our existence," and in all six pieces, the only sound source is the "short accidental recording of a humidifier". There is definitely a remarkable similarity in all the pieces here. The music is tranquil and very slow-moving; sometimes, it seems there is no movement at all, and the music sounds like it is stuck in a locked groove at 5 rpm. This is ambient music in its most accurate form, and I suggest playing this at a considerably low volume, not just above the threshold of hearing, as that would be too low, but a little bit louder than that. It makes a pleasing presence in your living room as an apparatus would do; maybe it would even mingle with something in your space (mine seems relatively quiet, and little outdoor sounds are coming in, other than the occasional car passing and school kids walking by). The only strange interruption of the flow here is the abrupt ending of the third piece, which made my head turn, thinking something was wrong. Otherwise, these ambient machines worked like a charm and had that gentle touch of a well-heated/ventilated house. Lovely hiss.
-Fran de Waard

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