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"You can remove a Kiwi from New Zealand but you sure as hell can't remove New Zealand from a Kiwi. Such is the case with Christchurch transplant, Peter Wright. Over the course of a decade, Wright has etched his name in glass in the annals of drone-world superstardom. And while I'm not sure what that really means, the point is that when it comes to soaring dronescapes, few do it better than Peter Wright. He has helped pave the way with contemporaries such as Birchville Cat Motel and Double Leopards, but clearly has his own distinct voice. With his past few albums, Wright seems the logical successor to native Kiwi, sound manipulator extraordinaire, Roy Montgomery.
is Wright's latest incarnation and, once again, pushes the boundaries of what he can do with his trademark 12 string Danelectro to the absolute outer limits. He pushes the limits of simplicity without ever breaking. Wright's albums are a thing of sheer, pure beauty, existing in a vacuum where nothing on the outside can tamper with their grace. Even with his lofty intentions,
is immediately approachable and grabs the listener from the opening notes. As always, Peter Wright offers up something wholly infectious and undebatably magnificent."
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consists of recordings made in 2001-2002 while Wright was still located in New Zealand. In listening to this work one can hear the foundations built on in the intervening time by Birchville Cat Motel, Black Forest / Black Sea, and Double Leopards to name but a few. On
, Wright takes guitars, and runs them through various effects to extract their lulling essence in a rich, clear broth. Sometimes the sounds are taped and looped which further erodes their sharp edges. Everything here is assembled with the care and attention of a master craftsman. The drones achieve hypnotic calm through constant shifting of each component in relation to the others rather than microtonal variations on a dominant one. Figure and ground alternate as Wright brings different motifs to the foreground only to recede in subtle shifts in dynamics. It is as if Wright had realized the common threads that run through all of the disparate elements he worked with and coaxed them together to converge at a distant vanishing point. To emphasize this journey, most of the tracks begin with varied sources (anything from acoustic guitar or violin, to what sounds like a processed field recording of the ocean) that coalesce in layers into powerfully assured drones over their course."
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