Modern-classical label Erased Tapes is reaching the point where any of its releases can be bought risk-free, safe in the knowledge that the music therein will be breathtakingly beautiful.
‘Atomos’, a score for a dance piece by Wayne McGregor of the same name, more than sustains this reputation, building on ambient duo A Winged Victory For The Sullen’s eponymous debut and occupying a majestically sparse soundstage.
Whether it’s the ambitious opener ‘Atomos I’, with its 10-minute trajectory divided into almost claustrophobically dense strings and then celestial synths, or the transcendent swell of ‘Atomos VIII’, this is a slow-burning, deeply resonant collection with a stirring potency and the capacity to truly wow.
Words: Gareth James
– – –
– – –