***Vinyl copies with CD are sold out/ Vinyl without CD still available***
The second release on Dutch, Amsterdam based, label Shimmering Moods Records comes to us from Portland, OR composer Sage Taylor. The Parallels & Rhythms EP is comprised of two serene and beautifully glitchy ambient works on side A, and two warm and summery tracks on Side B. The first 50 copies of the EP will include a bonus, limited-run CD of floating, glitched-out ambient pieces as ‘Parallelism,’ a new recording alias geared more toward experimental and atmospheric sounds. The EP will be limited to 300 hand-numbered clear and white mixed-color vinyls, and there will be no repress.
Norman Records says:
Sage Taylor is either a multisubgenre ambient dreamer called Sage or a very wise man named Taylor. From the first listen, it is clear that both are true - the latter’s wisdom definitely present in his ability to cobble together some desert island textures, assuming that you’d be utterly happy on a desert island. I think Shimmering Moods Records signed this one well, it’s full of shimmering moods. The ‘Parallels’ that make up the first side are all shiny ambiance, full of subtle cricket glitches and seconds-long chord swells. They explore a couple of varied tones, from the bright sparkle of ‘I’ to the throatier but still damn peaceful dirge of ‘II’. They’re nice, IDM-influenced chillout bits, nothing too showy.
Over to side B for some solid ‘Rhythms’, and this is a weird one. They’re both sort of dub techno/ambient house, very restrained, with airy atmospherics floating around in ‘I’ that remind me of some good Wisp tracks. There’s some nice bassline and percussive action here to give it a little bit of oomph and slow movement. On to ‘II’ and it gets strange - the rhythm is sort of a 4x4 groove with a bit cut off at the end that gets a bit confusing and certainly hard to follow, even for Normanites such as yourself. It’s just a bit of a juxtaposition with the distant space synth chords spraying away gently behind. An interesting experiment, but if ‘zoned-out’ is what Taylor was going for, things like that tend to break the spell. Anyway, wise or not, this is definitely a nice chill release that’ll accompany a nice shimmering mood for sure.
released December 4, 2015
All tracks by Sage Taylor
Shimmering Moods Records 2015