Machinefabriek: Colour Tones (CD, Fang Bomb, April 2012)

Mostly, this is the sort of ambient which contrasts pure electronic tones against warm old-vinyl static and an ambient synth which sounds like it’s struggling to stay in tune (and occasionally loses the battle). A couple of tracks break from this template: Brown starts out like a modern classical percussion composition, before introducing an effect like a tape slipping, and ending up sounding like two different recordings are fighting for control of the mixing desk; and the album closer Mosaic is dominated by real instruments, especially a delicately played acoustic guitar melody which somehow makes me thinks of herding cattle across the majestic landscapes of the central U.S. Overall, it’s pleasant, and there’s plenty of interest, but it doesn’t quite have the magic something of, say, his collaboration with Peter Broderick or his miniature space epic Apollo.

I bought this from Boomkat. They call it Dark Ambient / Drone / Metal.

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