Label: Infant Tree – IT008
Format: CDr, Album
The supremely lonely British landscape at rainy dusk conjured in all its dank glory on the third killer album in a row from the excellent Infant Tree label..
Already responsible for two fantastic releases by The Sprigs and Malvern Brume, Infant Tree return with perhaps their best yet. The gnomic text accompanying ‘All Natures Most Mundane Materials’ describes how it was ‘Recorded on September 16th 2020 after walking down the A4361 from Swindon to Avebury Stone Circle a few days before.’ That pretty much gives you it all right there. Crows land on flooded fields, electric fences and mobile phone masts hum and sodium yellow light falls on wet lichen. The music is weightless low-lit synth drones and endlessly sad school-room organ melodies all caught in a net of shortwave crackle and pylon interference, intimating that night time threat is just around the bend. Music claiming it’s tapping into the weirdness of England’s semi-rural zones and using the adjective ‘devotional’ is ten-a-penny. And it’s easy to think the whole aesthetic project has been diluted to the nth degree. But if you thought it was safe to put your Gor-Tex back on and adjust your high tech walking shoes, think again, there’s a new weirdo walking the roads..(Mint / New)