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Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Expeditionary force

Droning on - after Orphax, back to another LMYE long-form favourite: Le Berger. The ever-fecund Sam Landry continues to shepherd (ahem) enthralling new takes on his ripely unspooling sound out to his flock (sorry). Most obviously, there's an inspiring new album - Expeditions on the Grayscale, featuring what may be this deeply - if unconventionally - romantic artist's most ravishing work yet: the swelling, counterpointing Pam Pam some'n wild.

It also notches up what is unquestionably his shortest: the 11-second (versus Pam's 11:11 & the "grand one" Bern deep'n'bub's 33:33) tone Don't go away J. (Aside: as the album's fourth piece - the second of its two "mediums", Dust it begun - clocks in at 11:12, we're probably safe to assume these track timings aren't accidental. What occult meanings Sam ascribes to them remains unclear, though...)

Oh, & a further incentive: "All profit from sales until April 1st will be donated to help the relief & reconstruction effort in the aftermath of the tsunami in Japan."

Besides the new release, there are also new workouts on his SoundCloud. Some have dropped away lately, but two rewarding recent ones remain: one red & one blue - the somehow Lady in Red-invoking Romanticest drone EVAR & the more abrasive, delta blues-borne Into the blue.

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