Take Solar Fields's album Leaving Home, stretch parts of it, slow it down, and the limited edition album Extended
is the atmospheric result. Three of the tracks (I'm not sure which
ones) were used at an exhibition in Sweden, the concept of which was to
shift perceptions as the music developed through the gallery. The rest
of the album grew from that starting point to become, as the press
release puts it, Deep Unified Transmissions.
This is an album mostly in slow motion, and in typical Solar
Fields fashion has lots of shimmering washes like sea waves rises and
falling on a finely pebbled beach. Lurking but not hiding behind these
washes, deep resonances are not uncommon. Some pieces like "No answer"
use striated tones as gaseous wordless vocals, tinkles, washes,
synthetic clattering, and shy refrains all work to convey an atmosphere
of unfulfilled but subdued desire.
Anyone who's heard Leaving Home will recognise that
the track "Monogram" has been reworked here in "Station 5". A contained
throbbing backdrop over which seaside washes, pinging, and occasional
stirred water sounds lead into a rhythmic passage while the backdrop
starts to pulsate. All this heads towards a climax and then dies off
gracefully. Hints of watery sonics are found on several tracks,
especially on "A Place to think" where plopping water sounds are played
around with and joined by ionised tones and jaunty setback refrains.
Bringing the album to a close is the beat driven "Detection". A
distant clouded rhythm vies with beach like washes and easygoing
glistening before a gently thudding beat accompanied by percussion
starts up. The piece carries on like then eventually settles down to a
taut reverbing synth line with urban-esque clattering.
You can always rely on Solar Fields to create blissful music ideal for chilling out to. Extended is worth a listen any time, but perhaps most suitable for when the day is young and tiredness dictates a slow start.
by Dene Bebbington reprinted from Melliflua.com on