Your Eyes The Stars And Your Hands The Sea
This is the debut full-length release for the UK's Seasons (Pre-din) for Type. You might not be familiar with the work of Seasons (Pre-din), but the shadowy Northerner has been honing his craft for some time now, covertly issuing a slew of stunning albums while the world ticked on. He cut his teeth performing and collaborating with Richard Skelton and Xela, but over the last couple of years has busied himself prepping a range of hand-made releases on his own label. Often gone in a matter of hours, these lovingly-crafted curios caught the attention of astute listeners worldwide and now Type is pleased to present the first widely-available album from Seasons (Pre-din). Your Eyes The Stars And Your Hands The Sea is a collection of tracks crafted from hours of field recordings and instrumental takes. Using a small hand-held recorder and a collection of stringed instruments, Seasons set about using "spaces" -- recording sounds in different areas to create a certain sound or mood. These rooms, fields and abandoned buildings form the backbone of the sound and give a curious cinematic quality to the record. You can almost place yourself in each space, and while it isn't always obvious beneath the chatter and manipulated radio static, there are always skeletons of real life just around the corner. It is eventually the artist's humanity that sets these compositions apart from those of his peers; rather than simply dry recordings, they are merely starting points for layering and sculpting. The result is thick, detailed pieces which, while subtle, pack a clout more readily associated with the contemporary noise scene. Restrained and totally enveloping, this is an album which resides somewhere in the undergrowth, emerging slowly before drifting gently out to sea. Turn down the lights, lower the needle and let it pull you away. You might not want to come back.