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Season's Greetings - Autumn - SEA 04
Release Date: 10 October 1994
composed by Pete Namlook & Nature
Autumn has one of the coolest synth sounds in recent memory used as staccato rhythm - a rubber-band meets FSOL's echo chamber. The disk starts off with a static wind storm or beach breaker, then the sounds start flying, making their way throughout the entire disk like windchimes in the distance or up close. An intense hard bass beat leads into an acid-house stomp that finishes the CD. Very interesting, almost dark, this one defies pinning down. 7/10
(review by Michael Lekas)
_Seasons Greetings: Autumn_ has got to be just about the toughest record I've ever tried to review. There is really so little going on here that I got angry at the disc the first time I listened to it. For about the first 2/3 of the disc, the only sounds are some heavily reverbed processed strings and vague whooshing noises. I listened a few more times to see if I was missing something. Not really. Then, before going to bed a few nights later I took some NyQuil to help subdue a nasty cold, and put the disc on to help me off to slumberland... and something happened. Suddenly the record, in all it's nonexistent splendor, started to work for me. The spaces between the twanging, the icy whooshing wind, and the ominous buildup at the end all work according to a peculiar logic that only exists inside the piece.
(review by freeke)
Here is a guy who has his own record label, his own studio, and doesn't give a flying fuck what anyone else thinks about what he does. I admire that. This shows in this record; 40 minutes of heavily reverbed bedsprings plucking, after which some more rhythmic stuff kicks in.
You will have to decide for yourself if this is genius or electronic wanking. I've gone to the trouble of listening to it a couple of times through, so it is engaging on some level. The more rhythmic stuff sounds a lot like "Phaedra"-period Tangerine dream. It is not as immediately engaging as Air II, for example, but it might just be the thing if you're in the right mood.
(review by Kent Williams)
The fourth in the Seasons Greetings series and the best of the four. Ambience with some experimental guitar tinkering then a slow building up to a climax. Great.
(review by xdadax)