of Mole Harness 'out of the walled pathway' album from Leonard's
about texture as melody, James Brewster's Mole Harness project achieved
that rare feat of sounding very little like any electronica act
before him. Rather than tread familiar ground, this time Brewster
opts for a more minimalist approach that doesn't rely on studio
craft but instead sees him explore a natural progression with his
Sunless Pool And Home' is certainly one of the highlights; borne
out of two guitar parts which appear to merge into two separate
tunes but then join up again in celestial union. The shorter 'Foothills
Of The Informant' and 'Fallout Census Man' are relatively straightforward
sadness-imbued numbers. However, the final track 'A Feast For Regret'
- for its staggering thirty minutes length - is undoubtedly the
focal point for which Brewster's work must be judged. Thankfully
its amalgamation of two apparently randomly joined melodies is an
inspired piece of work that is dark, moving and elegantly crafted.
The term otherworldly is overused but 'Out Of The Walled Pathway'
actually justifies that description.
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