Craven Faults: Erratics & Unconformities (Leaf, 2020)

March 8, 2020 at 4:11 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Craven Faults: Erratics & Unconformities

Described on Bandcamp as “Half-remembered journeys across post-industrial Yorkshire”, Craven Faults follows several EPs with a sprawling LP containing 6 lengthy tracks approximating countryside train rides. There’s rising synth arpeggios and steady beats, but the beats aren’t heavy or fast enough to dance to, and on tracks like “Deipkier”, they don’t quite land where you think they would. They do move everything forward one step at a time, and the synths slowly progress through different stages and sequences. The tracks don’t feel as long as the track times read, however, since this really does feel like being transported somewhere. You press play and let the music guide you, and the minutes just fly by. The music is remarkably free of tension or suspense, or if there is any, it’s more subtle and not overbearing. It’s like an endless horizon, but it does move, and you do end up somewhere else.

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