Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Deaf Center - Pale Ravine

Deaf Center - Pale Ravine

Reissue of Deaf Center's classic Pale Ravine from 2005, first on Type, now on Miasmah. There are 'ambient' albums, plenty of them, and there is this, which is in another league. Erik K Skodvin and Otto A Totland achieve the near-impossible (judging by the usual efforts) of creating beautiful orchestral pieces which feel like fully-formed compositions as opposed to pre-set 'strings' button contrivances designed to create instant 'class'. Deaf Center craft the perfect balance between Satie-esque melodic simplicity, choral grandeur, lush romanticism and cool menace. Worthy of reissue.

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