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The limited 7" edition of Marine Eyes' latest full-length ambient record 'To Belong' hears a distilling of the original fourteen-track record down to just four selections. Though every track on the digital version of the album works in its own right, the choice on offer here - 'Hushed', 'Of The West', 'Bluest' and 'Call & Answer' - are particularly deserving of the study on wax. Something static, nigh time-crystalline is achieved on the B2, with its held root note evincing something of the quality of an infinite dream; the A1 recalls some mix of DJ Healer, Malibu or David Motion with its three note tenor-pad lilt; the A2 gets at the best of both worlds, sounding like a paradisiacal bathhouse vision set in slow motion; the B1 is the tensest, opting for a moodier key, but its reversed guitar taps and sustained choir-synth working in a no less lachrymose aesthetic.

TRACK LISTING

Hushed
Of The West
Bluest
Call & Answer

What does it mean To Belong? Cynthia Bernard aka. Marine Eyes only begins to scratch the surface of this question on her latest ambient record (yet leaps a great deal forward in wrestling with it nonetheless), following up her prior effort 'Chamomile' with a distinctly beauteous fortnight of forenoon drones, all of which spur the realization that "belonging is everywhere and nowhere". Belonging is indeed a kind of ephemeral longing of being that can only ever be partly grasped, attained. Through its looping washes of warmed, brackish, padded backwash - not to mention its many bass-undergirded angel choirs - the likes of 'Timeshifting', 'Bridges' and 'Mended Own' stand out as such revelatory highlights, all contributing to an incredible album of sonic diaristic reflection, in which every sound sticks out clearly yet plays its proper part in a humble, rose-smelling gestalt.

TRACK LISTING

To Belong
Hushed
Timeshifting
Bridges
Cemented
Of The West
Suddenly Green
Mended Own
All You Give (For Ash)
Bluest
Night Palms Sway
In The Spaces
To Belong (Reprise)
Call & Answer

Cult American ambient label Past Inside The Present looks to New York City-based composer Christina Giannone for her new full length "Glazed Vision", which is pressed to nice heavy 160 gram transparent clear vinyl. This is her third full length following 2020's "The Faint" and a collaborative work also last year, and it is another development of her dark, heavy, drone fulled ambient landscapes. These are lo-fi, foggy tracks that hang in mid air and make you feel like you're doing the same as only the most subtle of shapeshifting chords brings a sense of motion. It is bleak yet beautiful and never less than hugely absorbing.

TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. Realms II (6:31)
2. Glazed Vision (7:13)
3. Telepathy (5:55)
Side 2
1. Immortality (4:53)
2. Divinity (4:00)
3. Telepathy (Worriedaboutsatan Remix) (7:31)


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