Review: Since debuting in 2007, Brock Van Wey has released more albums as bvdub than most artists manage in a lifetime but his latest work "Explosions in Slow Motion" is something to behold. Van Wey has rarely made anything quite as heart-achingly poignant, beautiful and sorrowful as this. Fom start to finish, it's a stunning piece of work. Built around electro-acoustic manipulations of layered neo-classical works, the album's eight tracks variously throb, hum, pulse and slowly unfurl, offering slowly-shifting movements that sit somewhere between the kind of claustrophobic ambient works delivered by dub techno producers, classical minimalism and stretched-out drone works. In a word: breathtaking.
Review: n5MD is an independent record label based in Oakland, California. The label primarily focused on electronic music, but also now releases music in compatible genres such as shoegaze, post-rock, IDM and electro-acoustic. Last Days debut, 'Sea' told the story of one man's journey. Now with his fifth album, Graham Richardson returns to the sea to examine a range of nautical vocations and exploits. Said to be inspired by shipping routes, Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated voyage on the Endurance, to families being disjointed and reunited; the Seafaring LP goes some way to hint at what the oceans present to us. It reflects on it's subject matter by coherently linking moments that are minimal and still, to those that are compelling and cinematic and will be the first Last Days album pressed on vinyl.