Lights Dim and Gallery Six are both ambient musicians who chose to release an EP on July 20th to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the first manned moon landing. It’s a fine choice for inspiration which lends itself well to the medium of electronic/neoclassical interpretation.
First impressions count and ‘Long Distance Call’ presents a serene wash of sound which nods to those other serene washers of sound, Hammock. This serves as a short introduction for the next two tracks which form the majority of the EP’s content. ‘Sea Of Tranquillity’ brings out the piano as sombre keys are added to a collage of found sounds and eerie atmospherics. It is the most evocative offering and therefore the most effective piece here. ‘Mission Time’ appears to sample the chimes of a clock buried beneath what could either be alien noise or chirruping birds. It is a track, however, which intrigues rather than moves. The same cannot be said for ‘Parachutes’ which returns to the sad piano formula. Alas, at a mere ninety seconds, the moment is too brief.
Although available digitally, the limited edition physical release includes four NASA photographs from the Apollo 11 mission as well as a postage stamp; adding to the highly collectable nature of this EP. However, as a standalone fifteen minutes of music, it’s a promising journey that’s cut short before it threatens to take off.
Hammock, Library Tapes