HEDIA – WOOL 7.8
‘WOOL’ is appropriately named. Nestled deep in warm layers of sound the
melodies are incredibly inviting. Stars of the Lid obviously are a strong
influence on here. Evolution is a gradual thing for these drones. Classical
origins can be heard on many of the tracks whether through the literal texture
or in structure. Over the course of the eight pieces nothing ever increases in
volume. Balance is of the utmost importance for the entire album. Longer tracks
on the album do the best at conveying a sense of a giant gentle sea of sound.
Blind’ begins with violins and piano, offering one of the most crystal clear
looks at the instruments responsible for the album’s sound. Akin to a template
the song gradually merges into the welcoming drones that define the reminder of
the album. On ‘Whitetrees’ the sounds of the piano and strings can be heard
drifting further and further out. By allowing these sounds to gradually take on
blurrier textures the piece transforms itself into a dream. ‘Chandalier (Dream)’
uses a grainy sound that indicates an old dusty record. Employing this
technique gives the sound a sense of age and maturity that it otherwise would
not have. The album’s highlight ‘Wet Wool’ remains devoted to building up ever
so slowly into a perfectly balanced piece. For the piece’s finale it bursts
forth and blooms into a glorious experiment.
a giant mix HEDIA goes for an emotional take on drone. What results is ‘WOOL’ a
powerful perfect serene album.