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Runtime: 28'07''

«Darren McClure comes from Japan and brings seven pieces of introspective and spatial ambient, of the dark kind. Opener 'Tap' breeds an intense drone since its childhood into a full blown adult, all in under four minutes. An excellent start. From here, Darren starts fiddling with a very wide pallete of sounds and frequencies: breaking glitches and examining computer entrails on 'Container'; Bleeps, digitized encounters, walls of low-frequency vibrations and melancholy on 'Pines and fall foliage'. Fall, indeed. 'Thaw' will either put you to sleep after 2 minutes, or put you together with your favorite drug for a 5 minute trip. This is the one you'll want inside your iPod, next to the Brian Eno ones, I hope. Next, we come to the title track. 'Unmoored' is the real dark one here. Heavy bass drones wrap around our heads, taking you to a landscape of electrical circuits. It's night, and the leds going on and off are the stars in the sky. The gravel under your feet feels like cinder, as you walk into an 'Afternoon walk'. Again, heavy drones whisper in the distance, like a storm announcing itself at your path. You'll arrive by 'Removing the last pieces'. Closing time for Darren's amalgam of bleeps and ubiquous drone sequences. Bleeps start unfolding, shutting down systems, winding down, going into sleep mode. Fade out.
Oddly enough, Darren's music doesn't fit the genre as we'd expect. His pieces are rather short, never getting to see the six minutes mark. They're concise, compact, everything included. In such a way that we'll come back for more, repeatedly.
One of my personal favorites this year. Thank you, Darren.» - Pedro Leitão

Downloads:

01 • Tap .......................................................................................... pt us
[3'59'' • 5,02Mb • VBR Mp3]
02 • Container ................................................................................ pt us
[3'28'' • 5,33Mb • VBR Mp3]
03 • Pines and Fall foliage .............................................................. pt us
[2'19'' • 3,70Mb • VBR Mp3]
04 Thaw ....................................................................................... pt us
[5'05'' • 8,23Mb • VBR Mp3]
05 Unmoored ................................................................................ pt us
  [4'22'' • 7,25Mb • VBR Mp3]    
06 Afternoon Walk ...................................................................... pt us
  [3'14'' • 5,04Mb • VBR Mp3]
07 Removing the last pieces ........................................................ pt us
  [5'40'' • 5,91Mb • VBR Mp3]    
artwork ................................................................................... pt  
  [PDF-Zip • 2,00Mb]    
  • all tracks + artwork ................................................................ pt us
  [Zip • 46,8Mb]    

Reviews:

«Du Japon vient cette étrange musique, plus introspective qu'étrange du reste. Les ondes durent, s'enchevêtrent de façon "démocratique". Il ne s'agit pas d'un collage bruitiste sans queue ni tête, d'un projet cérébral décérébré. Darren McClure propose une ode électronique, limite new-age, pour le moins ambiante. Et c'est plutôt réussi, je trouve. Au fil de l'écoute, on ressent cette impression de bien-être qui échappe bien souvent aux compositions contemporaines. S'agit-il d'une construction ? C'est possible. Dans des pays froids ou dans un palais de glace...»
- LaFresto / September 06, 2005

«Ein magisches click-release auf Test tube ist perfekt zum aufwachen…»
- DE:BUG Pod / September 03, 2005

«tube'|022 begeistert mich mit dunkel-sphärisch-ambienten klängen von Darren McClure aus Japan. In einundvierzigkommasiebenfünf megabyte und sieben tracks wird gekonnt tief in die chill-trick-kiste gegriffen und entführt den hörer in weite welten. Klasse!»
- Mogwai's Blog / September 03, 2005

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©2005 Allan Hughes
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