HOLLYWOOD DREAM TRIP: Would You Like to Know More? LP Streamline

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HOLLYWOOD DREAM TRIP: Would You Like to Know More? LP Streamline

This two-track album by Will Long and Christoph Heeman was conceived in a Texan mansion from various sound sources within its grounds and sculpted into expansive songs. Field Recordings are a tricky beast to master correctly and the majority of those released within the genre are nothing but pointless and talentless gibberish; the key is to loop everything together cohesively and utilise other instrumentation as to give weight to any proper release.

So how do HDT match up to the task? Well, to be honest they do this fairly effectively. Side one ‘Excited By Light’ captures an atmosphere well, with a sea of swirling atmospherics that evolve as they move slowly forward. The pitch throughout is as precise as it is enriching and the outcome is a wall of Dark Ambience that lets crystals of light, filter through the dense chasm of inky blackness in a rich array of harmony.

Side two ‘Summary and Concluding Remarks’ comes across a little pointless as a song in its own right. It is basically the extension of the first chapter of this album and the sounds do little to differentiate it as a different track in its own right. Once again it is as involving as ‘Excited by Light’ but there is the feeling of being somewhat short changed; and I would have liked something completely different to get my teeth into and something that displayed more of what this duo has to offer.

Overall though, there is much here to enjoy and I would be interested in future developments to see if Long and Heeman have more than a one trick pony to offer us. Worth hunting out if you are a lover of all things ambient; in short, yes I would like to know more.

7.8/10

LIMP FUCHS/CHRISTOPH HEEMANN/TIMO VAN LUIJK: Macchia Forest LP Streamline

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LIMP FUCHS/CHRISTOPH HEEMANN/TIMO VAN LUIJK: Macchia Forest LP Streamline

It’s of no surprise upon playing ‘Macchia Forest, that this trio have links to Krautrock, considering the experimental nature of this three-track LP. Trying to create an “audio forest” and trying to “discover how the landscape changes” is as cynical as one would expect, with a variety of instrumentation played out like a landslide at a Tibetan monastery.

Clattering beats, bells and whistles prevailing throughout two of the songs on offer, only ‘Dark Animals’ holds any weight, with a rich droning, thick ambient void; only to be ultimately spoiled with nonsensical chants mid-way.

Reminiscent of many of the works of the over-praised Z’ev, ‘Macchia Forest represents everything I hate about this genre. With a vision of mountain goat herders and hessian blankets smelling of incense, this type of self-indulgence drives me to despair and I completely abhor its very existence.

5/10