Air Texture, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/3/2012
  • Label: Air Texture
  • UPC: 641444109326
  • Catalog Number: 2

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 At a Loss - Brian McBride (5:51)
  2. 2 A Fifth Season - Marcus Fischer (6:00)
  3. 3 Else - Loscil (5:36)
  4. 4 Naimina - Chris Herbert (6:28)
  5. 5 TX - Pan American (5:04)
  6. 6 Frog City - Strategy (6:26)
  7. 7 At Commissure - Solo Andata (9:49)
  8. 8 401 - P. Jorgensen (6:00)
  9. 9 Field 3 - Rob Bridgett (7:03)
  10. 10 Dirge For the Canon - Mitchell Akiyama (6:41)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Eroding (Fairytale Music 3) - Marcus Fjellström (8:16)
  2. 2 Hovering - Sawako (4:52)
  3. 3 Modena - Simon Scott (6:22)
  4. 4 Och Natten Andades Redan Under Träden - Library Tapes (4:49)
  5. 5 Hollow of Winter - Lissom (4:50)
  6. 6 I Love You Pipecock - Mokira (8:02)
  7. 7 If I Could Possibly Tell the Difference, I Wouldn't Care Anyway - Benoît Pioulard (5:53)
  8. 8 Sleeper - Eluvium (6:12)
  9. 9 La Passerelle de Sus Yeux - Kyle Bobby Dunn (7:21)
  10. 10 Black Days Follow Me Around - Rafael Anton Irisarri (4:53)
  11. 11 Cooperative Drift - Lawrence English (5:35)
  12. 12 Surrender To Your Cold Embrace - Wang Lijing (7:43)
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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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