Bart Hawkins: Vision of Eden (Spotted Peccary Music, 2021)

June 23, 2021 at 7:55 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Bart Hawkins: Vision of Eden

I just mistyped this guy’s name as Nart Jawkins, and I really like that, I need to remember it and use it for something. Anyway, this is extremely starry ambient drone mainly created on a modular synth, but with a much warmer, more immersive feel than most modular recordings. “Garden of Grace” is overlaid with the sounds of children on a playground, and it sounds like there’s a cello being bowed, but I guess somehow it’s a modular synth? “Orbital Eccentricity” also has thick layers of wind-through-trees drifting textures, as well as some sharper buzzing, and some detached pulsations underneath. “Sidewinder” has the only additional instrumentation, which comes in the form of guitar prepared with forks and spoons between the strings, causing jittery vibrations which resonate among the breathing, serpentine synth layers. “Descent Into the Forbidden Fruit” is a mesmerizing, unexpectedly dark drone which gets more revved up and noisy than the other pieces. “Dragonfly Speaks” seems to fizz and smolder like deeply burnt embers, but otherwise it’s one of the brightest and most tranquil pieces here.

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