Band - Aidan Baker
Title - The sea swells a bit...
Label - A Silent Place
Format - CD
Aidan Baker is one of the most important emergent artist of the last years...! Probably this is the most important "musical" Aidan Baker release..., in fact here the sound is comparable to the best (obscure) psychedelic post-rock releases including great droning, hypnotic and honeiric atmospheres. Spontaneously composed by Aidan, who plays guitar (electric & acoustic), bass, tapeloops, drum machine and percussion in his droning 'fashion soup'. In this album Aidan uses (as usual) his guitar but also other instruments and tools like tapeloops and sampled dialogue. The result is the three long and beautiful tracks that constructs this album. 44 minutes of hypnotic ambient drone textures in a deep psychedelic & post-rock attitude. His guitar treatments and amazing looping work get more and more marvellous, as the droning increasing percussions take the listener to a peaceful state of mind. The sound rises all around as the stream floods to the seaside, giving refuge to emotions through numbing clouds of murmuring electric voices. Aidan's performances high standards and his instantly recognizable style are here well confirmed, adding to the excellent level of his discography!
Aidan Baker is a musician & writer currently based in Toronto, Canada. Classically trained in flute, he is self-taught on guitar, drums, & various other instruments. A regular performer in & around Toronto, he has also performed in New York, Montreal, Chicago, San Francisco, & such festivals as The Om Festival, Saturation Bombing, SXSW, & The Distillery Jazz Festival. He has released numerous cds on independent labels from around the world. He is the author of two books of poetry, two poetry chapbooks, & has published poetry, fiction, & criticism in various international & scholarly journals. As a solo artist, Baker explores the deconstructive sonic possibilities of the electric guitar as a primary sound source, creating music that ranges from experimental to post-rock to contemporary classical. He performs the experimental collective ARC & the ambient/doom metal project Nadja. He has also composed work for the The Penderecki String Quartet & The Uxbridge Chamber Choir.
"It begins with something that could be the sound of DNA gently floating in a mitochondrial soup, and ends with an ambient texture piece with lyrics culled from a particularly dense passage from Milton's 'Paradise Lost'. In between lies an intriguing exploration of worlds of tactile sensualism (a topographic map of the skin, as it were) and a deeper look at the inner forces and powerful unseen drives that lurk below. It's dense and prickly world created on 'I fall Into You', by Canadian guitarist, loppist and lyricist Aidan Baker."
― James F. Lein, Dusted Magazine
"Super low key loops melt your mind in a trance-like manner. I almost hear a voice and another time I hear a bird chirping, but the liner notes say all guitar. fascinating to examine the music and turn internally on your own mind as well. It is so nice to be hearing this disc in the spring ― I feel uplifted and energized. But, listen to this on cold day and it would still be pleasant, but take on the artifacts of hard crystalline snow, piles and mounds surrounding your house."
― Don Poe, Ear Rational