New Forest – Distant Realities C40

25 May 2015 xdementia No Comment


New Forest – Distant Realities C40

Eiderdown Records

New Forest is the project of Levi Berner who’s aliases are listed on discogs as Algiers, New Forest, Vexations, Visible/Invisible Wall although I am familiar with his work through the project Witches which was his collabration with Lavas Magmas’ Luis Gonzalez. For some reason I was under the impression that he had many releases under the New Forest moniker but it looks like Distant Realities is only one of three and a more recent one at that having been put out in 2014.

Distant Realities is what I would categorise as a drone album. The bulk of the tracks are floating synth harmonies; glassy and slowly undulating with structures that remain in a fragile stasis. Perhaps the one track that really stands out is The Video Forest where things turn to a more experimental flavor. Otherwise the compositions and sounds are very similar from track to track.

Worth mentioning is the amazing packaging on this tape. A dual colored silkscreen job on heavy matte paper gives it an interesting and psychadelic style with art that brings to mind R. Crumb. A solid piece of work here but one for fans of synth drone exclusively.

Composition: ★★★☆☆
Sounds: ★★★☆☆
Production Quality: ★★★☆☆
Concept: ★★★☆☆
Packaging: ★★★½☆
Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

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