The Swan And The Lake

Moments LP

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Record Label
Music For Dreams

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Danish label Music For Dreams releases another winner with the debut album from Danish artist Emil Breum aka The Swan And The Lake. "Moments" showcases Breum’s talent for creating exquisite and sensitive soundscapes; timeless atmospheres which echo contemporary classical composers as well as some of the more new age-minded artists of the Berlin School. Although mostly known as a spiritual movement, new age also spawned a musical ideology that lives on past the clutches of cults and communes: a purity in sound, and a longing for music to reflect the sounds of nature. "Moments" captures this essence perfectly, its compositions seeming to suspend time and prolong a sense of clarity, like staring out over a beautiful landscape at sunset - both a sobering and healing experience. Opening both sides of the album are collaborations with guitarist Anders Brandt who adds a beautiful groove to Breum’s motionless ambient state. A combination which led many a DJ to reach for the drifting and dreamy "Dive" as the Ibizan sun began to slump into the waves. Also included is Moonboots’ pick "Moments of Lost Swans", a gorgeous modern Balearic track full of melodic marimbas which sounds like a tropical relative of PCO at their most upbeat. Another highlight is the string-based "Bright Lights", an ambient masterpiece which plays out in in three parts. an electronic intro glides into Breum’s moody piano chords and finally drops into an emotional string ending that feels like a cross between Michael Nyman and Nils Frahm. While emotive keys, reverbs, marimbas and pianos lend "Waiting For Spring" the air of a forgotten Cafe Del Mar classic. Breum also supplies the photo for the front cover of the album, an image borne of his desire to capture special moments of day and night, just as he has done with the mesmerising musical landscapes on this stunning debut.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Another week, another essential release from the revitalised Music For Dreams, this time from The Swan And The Lake. As the cover suggests we're in IC-style New Age territory, as the musician layers marimbas and strings over sparse rhythmic elements and Anders Brandt's sublime guitar. This is proper Balearic for all the sundowners out there.

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