Beta Two Agonist – Autumn Perdue – CD – Databloem



Databloem has been releasing a steady stream of consistently brilliant, sparkling ambient releases for quite some time now. Given that ambient music as a genre has seen many transitions and transcendences, I have witnessed the scene dividing into separate and distinct hard core factions consisting of those who remain true to its original manifesto, as set down by its Grand Master, Brian Eno, creating undemanding pieces that melt into the ether – “background music” if you will, and although I am an ardent admirer of that particular form, it has really led itself into a blind alley, and has not offered anything new or particularly inspiring, but perhaps because, by its nature, it does not require deep listening, then that is part of its purpose?

One other faction has taken ambience and evolved it, merging it with more intriguing elements, and developmental strands..step forward Databloem,who have selected a roster of artists that take things a little further. Beta Two Agonist, the artistic guise adopted by one Ian Lizandra, sees a form of ambience that will be instantly recognised by fans of Murcof, Shuttle 358, Sogar, Vladislav Delay,Kangding Ray, and a clutch of other towering reputations whose creative approach is little short of genius. Beta Two Against offer us Autumn Perdue, a beautifully poised collection of pieces that fuse delicate orchestral and organic sampling with a lilting, glitchy underlayer, creating bubbly and effusive rhythms, underpinning technically precise and crystal clear production values, this collection is engaging and immersive. We have expansive and gorgeously spacious pieces like Blackbird Playground, and Devils and Daffodils, with its swelling chords, and visceral rhythms, like silver droplets cascading over sunlit water. Opening tracks Kamunyak and Klausner see the same approach adopted, but the textural overlays are more pronounced, more urgent and invasive. As we reach the closing tracks, Lacrimae Rerum and Porcupine, the works become a little more streamlined, less busy, perfectly worked audible still-life, utilising light and space to engender anticipation and resolve.

This is an exceptional piece of work, and Lizandra should rightly be proud of its entry into the world, a sonic newborn that will certainly stand the test of time. Impressive. BGN


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