Alex Crispin: Open Submission tape (Constellation Tatsu, 2018)

July 5, 2018 at 9:51 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Alex Crispin: Open Submission tape

Very minimal yet open and resounding ambient pieces which sway back and forth, expressing thoughts and feelings in an unforced manner. It’s pleasant and relaxing, but “Ohko”, with its delicately dripping IDM-like melodies, seems to reflect some sort of concern, and it’s one of the more stirring pieces on the album. “Pharoah” starts out sounding like it’s barely going to squeak out of the gate, but eventually it gets covered in deep, torrential waves of mist. “Cleater” is a Casio dance which turns into a grand guitar duet. Then “St. Stephens” is an ethereal lullaby for pipe organ. Super vast yet at the same time very simple; a standout release without being too far off course.

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