DISPLACER & NIMON: House of the Dying Sun CD Hymen Records
Over the last ten years, Michael Morton has made waves for himself within electronic circles with his impressive Displacer project. Running parallel we have Keef Baker, who after many successful releases, put to bed that area of his work and concentrated on his guitar based ambient project, Nimon. Here on ‘House of the Dying Sun’ we have the collective input of both artists working together; to produce an album that gels like they were custom made for each other.
There is an overt Southern Americana feel to this release that stamps images of road trips across dusky and dusty highways, past ramshackle retail outlets, whilst tumbleweeds bounce along the backdrop of buildings that hark back to a wilder era, as weathered signs point to a western destination.
Baker provides the organic guitar/bass whilst Morton electronically fuses everything together with waves of pads and programming; and opener, ‘Ghost Dance’ is a monumental introduction that glides into existence as a portent of the other nine tracks that will follow. The beauty within this release, is that as a collective, the result is one that sounds neither like one or the other individually; but that of a different beast entirely.
Careful attention has been placed on the varying degrees and ranges of ambient sub-textures so they slide amongst the gentle fretwork and harmonies and nothing is overstated as the bass-lines intertwine with the subtle percussive elements; with ‘The Devils House’ and ‘Creature Comforts’ being prime examples of layered perfection, that rise and fall as one large intake of air, followed by a slow exhale.
‘House of the Dying Dun’ isn’t one of those flash in the pan releases. It’s systematically precise in what its trying to achieve, as an adult album that is one for the truer music fan, who shuns the fads and genre restrictions that are over-emphasised by those who feel the need to pigeonhole themselves in a restrictive bubble. A genuine pleasure to listen to from start to finish, this collaboration of two respected artists is a pivotal moment in alternative music history, amongst a stagnating scene sorely in need of a shot in the arm.