Published October 29, 2010
Sketches for Albinos is the solo project of Iceland based musician-slash Bedroom Community affiliate Matthew Collings. Now he’s striking out on his own with this debut effort containing sixteen tracks of soft, numbing, shoegaze-y ambient noodlings.
Listening to the opening track, ‘Sorbonne Midnight’, with its muted underwater piano did make me go ‘God no! It’s Riceboy Sleeps again!’ But after that, there was a lot more going on that the usual ethereal puffwheat that passes for ambient music.
Thanks to his guitar manipulations, there is a strong ebb and flow in tracks such as ‘A Meeting At The Merry Go Round’, while ‘Red Sky on Fire’ could be comparable to an incredibly spaced out Spiritualized tune.
While it doesn’t reach out and strike your emotional core, SOBWAK is superior background music for when you absolutely need to zone out of your plane of existence.
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