Young Lungs against the Sea showcases Herzog's sparse piano-led electro-acoustic soundscapes and glitchy, unsettling atmospheres. Calm acoustic tracks are slowly distorted, enveloped and threaten to fall apart under pressure from white noise, static and fractured percussive interventions. If standout tracks like the relentless, pulsating “Bring the Hearts Home” and the minimal “Lungs” offer up a bleak, disconcerting atmosphere, elsewhere Herzog lightens the tone with the graceful soaring “Space Race of the Heart”, ensuring the overall tone of the release isn't as doom-laden as it might have been.
Herzog's attention to textural and dynamic detail ensures that the music never becomes stale and predictable and further contributes to his reputation as originator of a unique ambient sound that also nods to some of Bawden's influences within the post-rock, folk and classical genres. An obvious reference point may be the work of William Basinski, but Bawden also cites Mogwai, Colleen, Fennesz and Low as big influences on his sound.
released April 4, 2011
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