The Latent Hour – Arcata Nocturne [CS]

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The Latent Hour – Arcata Nocturne [CS]

7.50

Label: Imminent Frequencies

Format: Cassette

Year: 2017

A gloomy three-parter approximating a prolonged experience of optically adjusting darkness as forms begin to take shape in moonlight. Heavily cloaked organ/not-organ cycles without any connotations of robes or flimsy mysticism; the mental fog of insomnia as opposed the atmospheric fog of flimsy drama. External intrusions narrowly seep in through the cracks in the baseboards, stifled enough to just add some welcome breath to the bellows. Constantly in motion without drawing too much attention to the changing of the gears, chords and timbres shift subtly in service of the sustained whole. The latter portion is forged from a rumbling furnace a few floors down, for a more troubled, elemental churning that disturbs the foundation, compared to the half-conscious melancholy daze of the first side. Patience and measured dynamics make this a far more successful effort at rendering something composerly with long-haul electronic sound than your average droner. While not quite as glistening and of-the-air as a Chalk/Heemann joint, this is certainly in the right area. A fine debut—both eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel.

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This debut release from The Latent Hour documents three minimal soundscapes constructed out of sustained tones and manipulated field recordings.
At times both serene and ominous, “Arcata Nocturne” evokes the stillness of night while alluding to the impending luminosity of dawn.