Review of Faint [12k1073]

Boomkat (UK)

The album is themed around those blissful, fleeting moments between waking and sleep, and vice versa, that point where the sub-conscious kicks in after a couple of hypnagogic jerks and we begin to seep between one reality and another. This deluxe edition revolves around five extended pieces on the main disc: from the cottony friction of ‘Negative Snow’ melting to the ringing resonance of air cushioned keys and acousmatic crackle on ‘Dreams Of Stairs’, through the perpetually receding, beautifully intangible atmospheres of ‘Thaw’ to ‘Shutter”s placid, poised stillness and the ultra slow-motion exposure of ‘Sundown’. The album’s crux piece ‘Thaw’ is singled out for further work on the bonus disc, expanding its cirrus-wisp harmonic overtones and heating system ambience to nearly 40 minutes of unbroken, soporific drift.

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