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MOGADOR
Overflow Pool LP (Blue vinyl)
22
Further Records 102 / USA / 2016
Overflow Pool is the new record of new project of Will Long (Celer): Mogador. Consists of three lengthy pieces full of lingering, aqueous chords that are spaced out by suspenseful lacunae. Each piece revolves around episodes of briskly struck piano chord clusters that are left to decay to near silence, for maximal contemplativeness. These are followed by a lower-keyed retort, as if to ground the listener and to keep her from getting overly optimistic from the preceding burst of Harold Budd-on-uppers tones. Similarities to Brian Eno's Thursday Afternoon are also evident, as Mogador methodically doles out morsels of oceanic calm geared to align your chakras like some 21st-century Stephen Halpern LP. It sounds ideal for flotation tanks, deep-tissue massages, and general relaxation. Long observes that Mogador differs from his Celer output “because it's completely unprocessed. This is a pure room recording with no extra effects; only piano and reel-to-reel delay.”