Friday, May 27, 2022

Test Card - Patterns [Sound In Silence 090]

Rapidly approaching a three digit realm of releases the Greek label that is Sound In Silence put out "Patterns" on April 15th, 2k22 which is the first solo album produced for the imprint by Vancouver, Canada-based Lee Nicholson a.k.a. Test Card. With a total of ten tracks rolled out over the course of 46 minutes the long-standing Canadian artist and producer explores a path of stripped down, playful and highly melodic Electronica from the very first seconds of the even slightly Dub-infused opener "Return Parts Rewind" onwards which evokes distant memories of Tied + Tickled Trio's classic "Aelita" album, progresses into the deeply romantic piano driven "Days Like These Like Every Day" followed by the cute and friendly Indietronica / PostRock-affair that is "The Stockbridge Damper" which even sports outerworldy theremin sequences whilst bringing on folksy vibes with the well intimate, innocent and allover naturalistic "(Seventeen Guitars And One Piano)" and its strangely placed parentheses whereas piece like the most beautiful "Dream Fifteen" cater trippy, dreamlike Synth and (Neo)Cosmic flutterings alongside carefully layered guitar movements before the concluding "On Fluttered Folk And Wild" even lends itself to a lo-fi instrumental Indie / Singer-Songwriter aesthetic just to name a few. This one's ace. Absolutely top shelf music. Get.


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