Friday, 22 January 2010
"Simon Scott is an artist that I have a great deal of respect for. Having slowly built up a formidable arsenal of his own work whilst initially masterminding the Televise project (I won’t mention the Slowdive connection because no doubt everyone else will do that :) he’s now moved into working under his own name and, for me at least, it’s a totally natural move. Navigare comes complete with 11 lustrous tracks of deeply atmospheric music par excellence. Each work has a flowing and easy nature that guides you gently into the swirling textures and lovingly crafted arrangements which owe as much to organic, ambient electronica as they do the trademark washes of shoegaze sound (am I still allowed to say shoegaze? I’m not sure). Combining delicate and fragile melodic moments with some seriously robust passages of considerably more dense sound, this play of soft and hard, dark and light is what gives the tracks so much life. There are rhythmic elements but they tend to sit right at the back of the mix hinting at percussion rather than bombarding you with beats. There’s not a moment wasted here and by the time you get to the utterly incredible penultimate track, Spring Stars, you really feel like you’ve been on a sonic journey. Then it weaves a magical and abstract spell for the finale before drifting gently away. This is a tour de force for Simon and it gives me a great deal of pleasure to be able to bring it to you. A stunning album".
+ pre-order your copy of my new black 3" cdr "Nivalis" out 5th Feb. It is one 16 minute track and can be previewed here: