Adam Williams and Leonardo Rosado – Take This Longing; Landrecorder – Morning-Afternoon-Evening

Artist: Adam Williams and Leonardo Rosado
Title: Take This Longing
Label: Feedback Loop, Portugal
Details: DL. 7 tracks, 24 minutes. Free download
Links: feedbacklooplabel.blogspot.com

Artist: Landrecorder
Title: Morning-Afternoon-Evening
Label: Feedback Loop, Portugal
Details: DL. 3 tracks, 13 minutes. Free download
Links: feedbacklooplabel.blogspot.com

Here are another couple of releases from the excellent Feedback Loop label. Take This Longing is a collaboration between label founder Leonardo Rosado aka Subterminal and pianist Adam Williams. This has some parallels to the Fennesz Sakamoto records, but Williams’ piano work has a much more minimal feel to it. On A Sudden Loss Of Meaning he bypasses the keys altogether, plucking the strings like a harp. Rosado weaves his electronic magic around the gentle chords, adding a bit of glitchy chaos here, some rumbling bass droning there, and various manipulated field recordings. The end result is a set of atmospheric and dark miniatures. Highly recommended, especially the superbly desolate title track and set closer.

Landrecorder’s Morning-Afternoon-Evening consists of three tracks called, erm, Morning, Afternoon and Evening. It’s a symphony in miniature. Morning starts with an acoustic guitar mimicking the cry of a cuckoo accompanied by real birdsong and unfolds gently into bucolic bliss. Afternoon flashes by in 73 seconds of gossamer-light keyboard melody and Evening arrives in the form of some restrained piano, music box tinkling, naked acoustic guitar and the calls of songbirds in the gloaming. An utter delight from start to finish, this is about as gentle and reflective as music can get.

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