With its roots loaning from a highly successful university project, the first Oathless album in two and a half years is at times as academic as it is musical. Regardless, "Peripheral: Music for an Imaginary Film" still contains the emotional depth present in all previous releases from the Stoke-on-Trent artist.
Perhaps the artist's most dynamic release to date, tracks range from the dark and almost desparate to glistening, soothing numbers and a large amount of experimentation in the form of the penultimate offering. Carrying on from where the last album left off, this collection of songs is still highly atmospheric, reverberant and glides along slowly, with much cleaner production than previously seen before. Each little detail has been taken into account and is deliberate; the sound offering a minimalist approach through processed piano, strings, guitars and synthesisers.
'Peripheral' is a release that can be enjoyed in a variety of surroundings, whether in the background or as its own listening experience. It is a culmination of dreams, thoughts, ideas and visions - the soundtrack to an imaginary film.
released June 9, 2013
Simon Housley: Composition, Recording, Guitars, Keys, Programming, Production, Artwork.