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Aaron Moore’s pedigree as erstwhile drummer with experimental faction, Volcano the Bear stands him in good stead for this, his first solo excursion and a debut for Elsie and Jack. “The Accidental” , so named after is was left gathering dust in Moore’s archives as an abortive collaboration with Oren Ambarchi, and then resuscitated with agitations from sympathetic allies, and with the help of friends Andrew Liles, Luke Fowler and Alex Nielson, was given a new lease of life.

The Accidental is a collection of reduced atmospheres, an austere, though engaging exploration that distils tonalities, leaving us with residual traces, like an erased drawing, or evaporating liquid. Some of the tonal gestures, and sampled events have the patina of gently decaying metals, whilst, more surprisingly, the piano makes an appearance with delicacy and lightness of touch (Three Guineas), or the droney chord organ, as featured on Crayo. These textures gently brush against each other, creating a serene, meditative experience that never yields to stock ambience, nor rampant experimental noodling. Unlike many of his more ascetic minimalist contemporaries, Moore achieves the sublime, infusing his finely honed minimalism with a sense of charm and humanity, that is uniquely English, slightly off-kilter, but exquisitely compelling. The failure of these works as a collaboration with Ambarchi is unfortunate, as both musicians share similar modus operandi, but it would have inevitably been a potentially more predictable outcome had it come to fruition. In the main, this is an interesting and highly mature sound that has the capacity to propel Moore’s solo efforts into the same league as Ambarchi and Niblock. I wait and watch with anticipation. Highly recommended. BGN

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WHITE_LINE was set up three years ago, in order to play and promote the work of artists and musicians working under the banner of "minimalism", in all its many guises. This has led to a regular and highly successful mix slot on the Garden of Earthly Delights radio show in the UK, and guest appearances on Resonance FM (frequenzen show). We now aim to extend the remit of the mix slots by reviewing (as often as possible) material that encapsulates and crystallises the minimalist ethic, and hopefully we'll be leading artists and audiences alike towards a deeper appreciation of this and other marginalised genres. I welcome your comments, and criticisms, and would love to hear from labels and artists who would like their work showcased on the show, or reviewed here. We regret that due to time constraints, we cannot review everything that is sent to us, but will endeavour to give exceptional work an "honourable mention" at the very least, and links to quality sites that we think worthy of mentioning. I am trying to support labels and artists as much as possible by promoting their work, not least because I am a stereotypical "struggling artist" myself, but also because there are so few younger artists entering this particular scene, and there is a danger of it becoming the sole domain of a handful of forty somethings who really ought to be doing something better with their time! Having worked for most of the more reputable underground magazines in the early 90's, I was never afforded the luxury of taking time and care over reviews, as deadlines and column space were always hanging like the sword of Damocles over me. With WHITE_LINE, I have the luxury of being able to review when I have time, and I am receptive to a particular mood, and hopefully this will reflect in the quality and length of some of the reviews. If you like what you see, please link to me to encourage more traffic through the site, and cross promote whatever is happening out there. Address for promotional material: 45 Drovers Walk Spring Park, Kingsthorpe Northampton NN2 8BB UK

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