For those who follow my personal music blog you will know that I have been all over ambient music lately. Basinski is constant on my playlist of late, and along with him a host of ambient and experimental artists from both the creative commons and commercial world. One of the things I love about the genre is the amount of variety that it brings to the table. Ambient music soffers implicity in execution, often with the use of a solitary instrument, or it can confront you with an ambience of great detail and meticulous craftsmanship (not that simplicity is not meticulous…) and that is what I love about delving into every ambient release I choose to explore.
Leonardo Rosado’s A Long White Sleep sees the seasoned experimental sound artist dive into variations of white, the second in his closer look at colour filtered through sound (the first being variations on the colour blue). A Long White Sleep is a short four track release just nudging past 20 minutes, exploring dense layered drones and ambience awash with bright textures. The brightness is at times harsh and unforgiving, the Variation in White #3 builds into a cacophonous climax representing this chaos perfectly before slowly receding from whence it came until only quiet is heard. As a follow up #4 acts as a counterpoint, a calming and pulsating rhythm unfurls within slowly forming drones. It is cold at heart, icy and slow moving like Arctic ice.
The release is over before you even know it, and perhaps my one gripe with it is that there could have been space for one or two more tracks – but I am nitpicking here and I guess it is best to say that I should be left wanting more and not less. Check out the short track Variations in White #2 below for a little taste of A Long White Sleep.
Leonardo Rosado – Variation in White #2