Online Sounds: Test Card, worriedaboutsatan, Spectral Habitat

Good morning. I have some some ambient picks to begin the week via Sound In Silence and Verses Records.

Test Card
Music For The Towers
Sound In Silence
Released: 1.9.20

Fans of mid-70s Cluster and Brian Eno will appreciate the light and airy electronic and instrumental mutations of Test Card, the solo alias of artist Lee Nicholson. Music For The Towers is Nicholson's third Test Card release, a palatable selection of electronic arrangements with amusing titles like "Data Taken Over Under Rating," "We Oscillated Like Sheep Grazing On Grassy Waveforms," or "Let Single Sideband Loneliness Receivers Be Happy."


Sound In Silence
Released: 1.9.20

With textural cuts and an ethereal lean, worriedaboutsatan's Crystalline relishes in filling space with tone and timbre, wandering synthesized or analog embellishments and thick walls of sound enhanced by choral voices. Crystalline plays like a study in assembly, every piece built up from minimalist loops and intensified as layers develop.


Spectral Habitat
Verses Records
Released: 2.28.20

Pairing strings with vocals, the aural experiences crafted by Meg Mulhearn (USX) and Elisa Faires throughout the length of ATLAS, the duo's first recording, may tempt one to employ overused descriptors like "haunting," "mesmerizing," or "lovely." Thing is, none of that is incorrect. Spectral Habit's environs play as mini-sode scores, each title (i.e. "Day Dunes," "Night Dunes," "Fireflies") a topic and every sound an articulation of meaning and story. This could sound overly romanticized, maybe dramatic. But to hear "Night Dunes," whose midway intrusion of relentless scurrying almost overtakes the heavenly waves of sound beneath, like an infestation or scourge, is to absorb an interpretation in lieu of prose. ATLAS is a traveler's journal told through sound, an embrace of moments. I think it's gorgeous.

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