HIGH PLAINS - Cinderland LP
Highly atmospheric, soothingly stringed and brooding newie from High Plains, who are Mark Bridges and Scott Morgan aka Loscil. Mark and Scott combine their talents in the most luxuriously sumptuous way on this vinyl offering from Kranky. Mark with his lyrically woeful cello, wringing out the life-affirming timbres like it ain’t no thang; Scott with his typically soft, downy and organic-sounding electronics. By track 3 -- the stunningly gorgeous ‘The Dusk Pines’ -- their brand of relaxo-drone is going down very nicely with my post-lunch coffee. But wait! There are moments of alarming drama: on ‘The White Truck’, Scott gets busy with the button marked ‘LOUD BLAST of NOISE!’ Shit, I really didn’t see that coming.