“Nest” is the second collaboration between Arovane and Darren McClure. This time their focus was on the sonic possibilities of granular synthesis, turning sound into music and music into sound.
The album was named after a photograph taken by Arovane, which perfectly described the creation of the music: layers of twisted audio, processed and bent into new shapes and soundscapes. Each track title is a different type of nest building, just as each track was created through different approaches to granular synthesis.
I'm in love with this song! I usually won't listen to something digitally before the vinyl arrives in the mail--I make a real event of its arrival--but I can't stay away from this one. The album has a nice variety of sounds and satisfies my tastes in a way Autechre haven't done for years, while never sounding like a rip-off of Ae's early work. This is terrific. Scott
So ephemeral it makes ghosts seem like cinderblocks. Shifting dunes, meandering soundscapes, plaintive undertones. What the Northern Lights sing when nobody's watching. The soundtrack to a stop-motion film of the growth of a crystal. Like but also unlike Eno, Oval, Kloob and Jon Hopkins Otis Nugatory
This album is composed of an excellent mixture of the usual drone ambiance and uplift jazz loops making for superb tracks. It is almost as if each track tell a story in an "audio-film" fashion. Mamaxabras