Angus Carlyle – In The Shadow of the Silent Mountain
Offering a picture of true serenity, Angus Carlyle’s “In The Shadow of the Silent Mountain” is an immersive experience. Best listened to in a quiet environment this is an album of quiet contemplation. Effortlessly blending together the real and the manipulated, this album takes almost a surreal bent to field recordings. For this intersection of the digital and the real is quite profound, at times recalling a daydream of the day to day reality that encompasses all. A journey begins to take hold over the course of the album, an unspoken narrative that moves the album forward.
The album begins on a serene hushed note of reverence with “Acqua Bianca”. On this piece Angus Carlyle begins with whispered sounds. Eventually these tiny elements come together to expand into a lovely sound of moving water. Peaceful in nature is the “Bells of Church” whose snapshot of a moment feels quite tender. Voyeuristic in nature is the found snippets of conversation that adorn “Fifty Breaths in the Valley”. With a slight usage of delay the way the song evolves feels quite tactile. Industrial sounds emerges from the many whirs and buzzes of “Ferro Legno”. Ending the album off on a high note is the lush “Acqua Verde”. Easily the highlight of the album, the way that Angus Carlyle lets the piece unfold is quite masterful.
Angus Carlyle’s “In The Shadow of the Silent Mountain” offers a fine aural experience recalling some of Luc Ferrari’s best, most subtle work.