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Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Skire SKR03
Release Year: 2014
Note: nice solo album by this British ambient composer, known for his collaboration with ANDREW CHALK, who is also featured on this album of extremely lush & subtle atmospheres, passing by like clouds in the summer sky... lim. 300
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"Recorded during summer 2013 after returning to his hometown on the North-West coast of England, Teal draws on a wider palette than Scott's previous solo releases, moving between rich, densely treated atmospheres and lucid reflective moments. The tensions and ease of summer spent in a place haunted by distant memories and fading childhood sentiment.

Originally issued on cassette in summer 2014, Teal comes packaged in a full colour offset printed sleeve featuring new artwork, and has been expertly cut to lacquer by Noel Summerville.

A1. Ariel
A2. Poppy Seed
A3. Veil
A4. Cornmill Crossing

B1. About Today
B2. Strake
B3. Samphire
B4. Teal

Recorded and mixed by Tom James Scott | Source sounds on A2, A3, and B3 by Andrew Chalk | Clarinet on A3 and B2 by Jean-Nol Rebilly | Mastered by John at Balance Mastering | Lacquer cut by Noel Summerville." [label info]


"From the small label Skire Records we reviewed a LP by Ian Middleton before (see Vital Weekly 932), now it's Tom James Scott, label boss here and musician. 'Teal' was recorded in the summer of 2013 and previously released as a cassette in an edition of 35 copies only. Apparently Scott returned to his hometown on the Northwest coast of England after some time, and recorded this music. There is quite a bit of field recordings here, as well as piano (more so on the pieces on side B, than the other side, it seems) and some computer processing. There is a bit of help from Andrew Chalk (source sounds and electric piano) and Jean-Noll Rebilly and throughout this is a fine record. With the cover being printed on the rough sided of the paper, the music very quiet and highly atmospheric, with bits of real instruments, mingling with field recordings and drones, and the support of Chalk, it's not difficult to see the sources inspiring Scott: bands like Mirror, Ora or Monos, or Christoph Heeman and Andrew Chalk's solo work, never seem far away. Maybe, but I might be entirely wrong of course, so it seemed to me, is Scott more interested in some more digital processing, using computers to alter his field recordings. Unlike the trio of Japanese releases elsewhere, this too is ambient, but rhythm of any kind is absent here. This is the full-on Brian Eno like approach to ambient music. It surrounds you, it immerses you and it's simply great. It's nothing you haven't heard before, see the aforementioned names, add Stephan Mathieu's earliest work to that, especially when you think it's all a bit more computer minded such as in title piece, but do check out his music as it's well made and deserves to be heard by anyone still grieving the fact there is no more new music by Mirror." [FdW/Vital Weekly]