Leaf Cloak is the newest iteration of the melodic dub techno sound that I set out to refine in the Analog Botany series back in 2009. The sound has been reduced (Inland By Night), expanded (Reclaimed Acres) and diversified with elements of other genres (Pawleys Island), and now it sounds as if it is equal parts of all three possibilities. Buoyant helium-filled drums underline emotive chord stabs and subtly groovy bass progressions, while bluish-purple strains of sunset pads lower the tracks into even deeper depths, indicated by several analog and digital delays and reverbs. Lush really is the word here, as Leaf Cloak is intended to be the techno equivalent of a quiet backyard in the summertime, as night sets in. Accessible, ear-tickling and still clubby enough for a dancefloor. Three variants on this album are also scheduled, including a remix album with remixes by Lamont Kohner, aspect., Zander One, DeepWarmth and others, a split-release of ambient reductions/expansions with Zwei Kreise and a CH revisitation that sees the material submerged in all kinds of aural chemicals.
released 22 April 2013
W/P by Brian Grainger. Recorded at Botany Bay, 2012-2013. This is Milieu Music number ABX20.
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