Review: Lights Dim/Gallery Six – Moon EP

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.

Web Sites:
Lights Dim Bandcamp
Gallery Six Bandcamp

Further Listening:
Hammock, Library Tapes

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