Andrew Howie - Scars Are Like A Beacon

Published Tuesday 30th August 2016
Andrew Howie - Scars Are Like A Beacon
Andrew Howie - Scars Are Like A Beacon

STYLE: Ambient/Meditational
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 161627-23960
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Paul S Ganney

This CD is an instrumental re-imagining of the Scottish singer/songwriter's 2015 album 'The Great Divide'. Howie took the individual audio stems and in his words "mangled, re-sampled, distorted and warped them." It therefore "bears no sonic resemblance to its source material." It's very ambient, full of long held notes over a lot (and I mean a LOT) of reverb and is one of those things that you either love or hate. It's certainly not foreground music, that's for sure. I had a lot of difficulty telling where one track ended and another one started, but I guess that's a good thing in ambient. Musically it reminded me more of film soundtracks where something eerie is happening in a cave - just before the protagonists discover whatever it was they were in there looking for. "Beacon" stood out, probably because it had a pulsating beat to it. Likewise, "Tremble" had a nice guitar figure that ran throughout. Overall it was OK, but not a CD I'll be rushing to play again, unless I do get stuck in a cave, of course.

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