Loscil - Endless Falls

Another month and another Kranky release, this time from purveyor of blissed-out ambience, Scott Morgan, under his Loscil moniker. After releasing an EP on the Ghostly label late last year, here he returns with his fifth full-length album entitled Endless Falls.

Beginning with the sound of rain recorded in Morgan’s native Vancouver, this fades out into distant chiming and morose violin, the soundtrack to a melancholy stare through a window, into the pouring rain outside. Elsewhere, 'Shallow Water Blackout' steers into Fennesz territory, with its subtle pops and clicks and layers of floating synth, while 'Dub For Cascadia' hypnotizes the listener with its fuzzy beats and lightly throbbing bass. Each track unravels itself further with every listen, revealing the smallest details you may not have picked up on the first time around. Last track, 'The Making of Grief Point', is the first of Loscil’s to feature vocals, and here Daniel Bejar puts in a very fitting spoken word performance, his intimate and softly spoken voice speaking directly to the listener, a private personal voice in your head. In a field of music where any Tom, Dick or Harry with a laptop can have a go, Loscil has shown how to truly do electronic music, imbuing it with emotion and drawing the listener in.

Loscil’s music is escapist. It wraps you up and takes you away to that comforting, special place where everything seems fine in life. When Daniel Bejar utters the final line ‘It is done’, there is a sense that nothing could possibly break the all-encompassing feeling you have at that moment - and you're all the better for it.

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