Villages: Procession Acts LP (Bathetic, 2015)

June 14, 2015 at 4:52 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Villages: Procession Acts LP

Villages: Procession Acts LP

Villages (Ross Gentry) has a pretty hefty discography, with tapes, LPs and CD-r’s on labels like Hooker Vision, Sacred Phrases, and Kimberly Dawn, but I haven’t heard much besides a split 7″ I reviewed for Foxy Digitalis a few years back. This is his fourth release on Bathetic, and it’s a stunner. It’s ambient/drone stuff, but it seems to consist of clouds of mostly acoustic instruments, including plenty of strings and pianos and guitars. There’s some processing and static, but not so much that it distorted or blacks out the instruments. It just has a very natural feel; instead of villages, it feels more like forests. I guess Sean McCann or Barn Owl would be somewhat close comparisons, but these feels more haunted and mystical than either of those artists. Somehow it reminds me of some of Colleen’s early stuff, too, but fuller and more consuming. Seriously wonderful.

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