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Air Texture, Vol. 2
     

Air Texture, Vol. 2

 
Compiled by Loscil and Rafael Anton Irisarri, Air Texture, Vol. 2 continues the series providing an enjoyable interpretation and sampling of "ambient" in a broad sense in the early 21st century, relying on a combination of familiar and newer names. At the same time, little on the compilation gives a

Overview

Compiled by Loscil and Rafael Anton Irisarri, Air Texture, Vol. 2 continues the series providing an enjoyable interpretation and sampling of "ambient" in a broad sense in the early 21st century, relying on a combination of familiar and newer names. At the same time, little on the compilation gives a sense of forward progression; either there's an extension of established tropes by artists or gentle explorations in familiar veins. That said, it's still showcasing a variety rather than a monolithic approach, often quite well at that. Beginning with Brian McBride's "At a Loss," slow strings continuing in the vein of his work from Stars of the Lid, things kick off on a good note that never quite dissipates. Marcus Fjellström's "The Eroding (Fairytale Music 3)," with its crumbling layer of calm noise supporting fragile, melancholic bursts and touches of strings and tones, and Eluvium's piano-led "Sleeper" are notably strong. Other standouts include Strategy's "Frog City," due to an introduction minimal even by this collection's standard, sounding like a distanced field recording, Mitchell Akiyama's spectral then overwhelming "Dirge for the Canon," Simon Scott's lovely, enveloping "Modena," and Benoit Pioulard's steady and stately "If I Could Possibly Tell the Difference, I Wouldn't Care Anyway." Tracks like Chris Herbert's "Naimina," a gentle flow of wheezing drone, and P. Jorgensen's "401" are more pleasant than remarkable but still succeed. Loscil's own contribution is a rising/falling looped swell of sound called "Else," while Irisarri's "Black Days Follow Me Around" builds on a central and appropriately sad piano motif loop by adding swirls of orchestration to create a slow, steady downward spiral.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/03/2012
Label:
Air Texture
UPC:
0641444109326
catalogNumber:
2
Rank:
100459

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Erica Dicker   Violin
Kelly Wyse   Piano

Technical Credits

Simon Scott   Composer,Producer
Pan American   Composer,Producer
Brian McBride   Composer,Producer
Mitchell Akiyama   Composer,Producer
Scott Morgan   Composer,Producer
Paul Dickow   Composer,Producer
Chris Herbert   Composer,Producer
David Wenngren   Composer,Producer
P. Jorgensen   Composer,Producer
Sawako   Composer,Producer
Rob Bridgett   Composer,Producer
Solo Andata   Composer,Producer
Brock Van Wey   Composer,Producer
Kyle Bobby Dunn   Composer
Marcus Fjellström   Composer,Producer
Marcus Fischer   Composer,Producer
James Healy   Executive Producer
RAI   Composer,Producer
Tana Sprague   Composer,Producer

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