Review Xtra – Andrew Howie : Scars are like a Beacon @calamateur

andre-howie-scars-are-like-a-beaconANDREW HOWIE : Scars Are Like A Beacon (www.andrew-howie.com)

This CD is an instrumental re-imaging of “The Great Divide” from 2015. 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. Best track: “Found”. 5/10 Paul Ganney

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