Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Thoughts on Air - Eye Yhahmm (SC002)

singular moments. peace and love to my friends at Humboldt Relief :)

Variegated, interconnected passages dominate Eye Yhahmm, a recent release from Thoughts on Air on Scott's Cloud. The mood is set by vacillating ambience and a torrent of noise. Urgency is infused as ambient waves quiver fervently prior to morphing when drowned out by soothing, torpid resonance - one of my favorite sections on the tape. Subsequently, the next few parts provide an inviting atmosphere in the form of layers of blurred, warm sound; the constituent parts glow in the mix and exude a pleasantly comforting vibe. The penultimate section of side a slightly mirrors the beginning. Later, a mysterious buzz careens in the presence of decomposing loops that possess a wicked character.

 Sun dappled, blurred waves of ambience step into the light as the flip commences. Before long a serene melody strokes the soul - lovely! Side b transitions between parts quickly - minimalist noise to hazy reflections to tranquil melodies. Shortly, pensive drone mixes with a submerged loop. Opaque anachronisms wade through encompassing hiss toward the end.

 When I listen to Thoughts on Air - the project has been active since 2006 - I often give thanks for the singular, lucid moments. Few artists stimulate my awareness like Thoughts on Air. Most of the releases are done in a limited edition; Eye Yhahmm is likely no different. Produced on orange shells with lovely designs, the excellent artwork complements the music. One may purchase a copy from Tomentosa.

peace and love, friends :)