An Infinite Capacity for Taking Pains by Solcofn

A lovely return from Solfofn (Phil Russell) from Washington DC with new mini album An Infinite Capacity for Taking Pains.

It’s been an awfully long time since he was last here with his largely ambient stuff. It’s a a delight to have him back with an album created over the autumn of which he says, “It’s a collection of thoughts and feelings, from the last year, made into sound.”

There are five tracks on the album. With titles like In The Smoke and Exquisite Red they’re not giving much away. It’s all instrumental and somewhere between Ambient and Some almost psychedelic Pink Floyd moments. As befits an album of emotion the moods and music wander freely over the course of the album.

Experience takes a while to get going but picks that widescreen post-rock and ambient vibe. Synths hum and vibrate as a slow cascade of beats tumbles across the landscape. Observations moves further back still. It’s lighter and sits quietly on the sidelines. Just watching. Not engaging.

In The Smoke comes over almost hip hop in the drawl of the beats and the light dub of the synths. Everything is terribly inward and a bit distant. Origin throbs quietly. Tangent returns more wholeheartedly to a The Orb type squelchy ambient rock template. And is the better for it. Sounds come and go. But it has a curiously bubbling sense of excitement or anticipation. Album closer is Exquisite Red which has a mildly discordant piano focus which is joined by drums to offer a rather solemn and downbeat finale.

Key track: Tangent.

~ by acidted on January 16, 2021.

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