Monday, November 10, 2014

Cassette Review: Steven Vinkenoog "Nocturnes" (Oggy Records)

[£6 // Edition of 50 //]

In a world of ambient drone Steven Vinkenoog must be king.   With only ever slight variations, "Nocturnes" offers up tone after tone which can often sound like chimes in some mystical castle.     Sometimes they can overlap but for the majority of the cassette they each have their own individual place and purpose.

At times this becomes rather minimal and in that sense it brings out silence.   On more than one occasion my first time through I thought that this had ended when in fact it was not yet done so be sure to watch out for that.   (Or, you know, the listening version of watching out)

There also exist some creaks and other noises in here, just random sounds that could be as simple as a door opening and closing or perhaps some other more elaborate moving of furniture.   By the end you can also feel these whirrs as if the Stone Temple Pilots song "Vaseline" is about to begin.
This should serve as quite possibly the best example of ambient drone in the sense that these tones can seem so simple (and easily duplicated) yet mean so much more than just what it appears on the surface.

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