Monday, 20 July 2009

Alpine. – Fr:om Harmed Weather To Stark, Micro, Climates. [Highpoint Lowlife]

Alpine. are the next to release an EP on Highpoint Lowlife, a label that has seduced me somewhat this year not literally of course but the sounds have certainly struck a chord and ‘Fr:om Harmed Weather To Stark, Micro, Climates.’ Is yet another example of why… Coming off the back of the ambient explorations of The Village Orchestra and his soundtrack interpretations comes Alpine. again on an ambient tip.

This is the work of Alex Smalley one half of Pausal who have toured with the likes of Stars Of The Lid and Grouper to name but a few. Alpine. is his solo project and ‘Fr:om…’ will only be the second release.

The six tracks showcased here sound like a trip through beautiful countryside on an early morning, the sun just rising as the subtle chords glide over you. There is an almost classical feel to this music, you hear pianos and orchestral sounds but they’re tweaked and made into subtle reverb drenched loops into electronic soundscapes rather than any traditional notion of classical music or sounds. This coupled with a subtle use of field recordings and found sounds, which gives the pieces an out and about in the countryside sort of atmosphere somehow.

There are many highlights as it works so well as a single flowing piece but the organic crackles and mesmerising drones of ‘micro,’ do it for me. As do the tweeting birds and looping chimes of opener ‘fr:om’ that descend into orchestral bliss. The field recordings on ‘weather’ are something else too you can really feel the ambiance captured on tape from these places.

Here we have music for late nights and early mornings, Alpine. shows the way on a journey mapped out through sound. Its compelling and beautiful, it just shines with a shimmering laid-back energy.

Alpine. - Fr:om Harmed Weather To Stark, Micro, Climates. (mp3/FLAC: £3)

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