Rapoon – Time Frost – CD – Glacial Movements



Based on elements of Strauss’s “Blue Danube”, Time Frost sees Robin Storey’s Rapoon project coming-of-age. Storey is no stranger to the ambient/experimental scene having been around for a great many years both with Zoviet France and Rapoon, and his formula and approach have changed very little in that time. This has benefits as well as downfalls, as with Rapoon, you pretty much know what you are going to get..atmospheric loops that rise and fall like the tide, odd and angular ambiences, and hypnotic tone sequences. On Time Frost, Storey hasn’t radically altered the formula, and opening tracks, Glacial Danube, and Thin Light are pretty much standard Rapoon fodder..both are looped and atmopheric slices of Strauss’s masterpiece, but with a little too much effects noodling on Thin Light, and subsequent track, A Darkness of Snow, that detract from the icy, inhospitable atmosphere that Storey is attempting to create (according to the sleeve notes)…it just doesn’t quite hit the mark for me, and is a pale comparison to, say Biosphere’s Shenzhou reworkings of Debussy, that had a more fluid and impressionistic approach to sampling. Fourth track, Horizon Discrete fairs a little better, with more expansive, and subtly paced atmospherics, that disappointingly come to an abrupt halt at just over 5 minutes. For me, the album comes into its own on the closing track, the epic Ice Whispers. Clocking in at nearly 35 minutes, this track is worth the cover price on its own. A masterpiece of gently building, looped chords that finally deliver what Storey has intended..chilling and glacial slabs of ambience that loop and swell..this time the effects are subtle and nuanced, adding to the compostion, rather than detracting from it, and some of the editing, whilst a little clunky, appears to work within this context. Not Storey’s finest hour in my opinion, but worth checking out, if only for the final sequence. BGN


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