of the 'Capsize' EP:
Leyland is the alias of Norwich based producer Jonathan Brewster,
whose pieces derive much of their charm from his meticulous
laptop explorations of extended sonic periods. The title track
on his debut release builds up a gentle forward motion through
the slowly mutating repetition of a series of chimes; the
faint sounds of bird calls and a sequence of tight rhythmic
pulsations give the piece a lot of its character. The other
three cuts on this EP show a similar precision and focus in
their thoughtful development, so that even the false ending
on closing track 'Copper' works well for him."
Hollings, The Wire
Harness's Stray Dog Army label is only two releases in, but
judging by the output so far we could well be witnessing the
beginning of something special. Jasper Leyland provides an
intriguing counterpoint to Mole Harness's guitar work by concentrating
more on a drone style with looping, low-key sounds that convey
a sense of melody as well as an abstract feel. Similar to
some of the work on 12k and Raster Noton, but with a slightly
less clinical quality to it, it really gets going on the fourth
track 'Copper' which rolls in at an impressive 15 minutes
long. Simply put this is to be investigated by fans of minimalistic
Electronica and comes to you highly, highly recommended. Delightful."
in Norwich, Jasper Leyland's musical work is an evolving foray
into minimal drones, manipulating field recordings and taking
an askew view towards the concept of rhythm. As with the Mole
Harness records there is a strong element of Reich's phase
patterns to Leyland's work, but by manipulating acoustic instruments,
there is an obvious hark back to Fennesz's work. It must be
said that by pushing his work into ambient space rock territority,
it marks Leyland's efforts well above the pretenders."
Leyland is a creator of dream-like soundscapes and minimalist
drones that transport the listener to places of relaxation
Creatively put together using loops from acoustic instruments
and the occasional sampled vinyl crackle that is transformed
into complex rhythms and sub-rhythms. It is a truly beautiful
and delicate collection of tracks that deserve your attention.
The Capsize EP is another fantastic release from Bristol’s
‘Stray Dog Army Records’ which is quickly becoming
one of the labels to watch."
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