SOME AMBULANCE (DENOVALI)
Talvihorros is London based composer Ben Chatwin's study of guitar and electronics. Numerous techniques are used to coax a myriad of sounds from both acoustic and electric guitars.
Home-made and vintage electronic equipment are used to process and manipulate recorded material into dense and dark sound collages, augmented with analogue synths, organs, bells, percussion and static.
"(...) 'Some Ambulance' should be the first port of call for those with even a passing interest in where electro-acoustic and ambient music is heading in 2009/10, while I can imagine the uninitiated finding lots to love too.
There's a strong Steve Reich influence prevalent here, especially the skillful use of slide-rule repetition, particularly found on 'The Blue Cathedral' and 'Etude IV' But other tracks take different routes, 'Death of a Dream' paints a bleak Morricone-esque picture with its forlorn guitar and solemn atmosphere created using a vibrant tapestry of sounds as its backdrop.
While 'A Rural Place contains a staggered synth-rythmn and discordant effects that reminds me of something Thom Yorke might come up with in his solo ventures.
(...) I've found myself going back to this record time and time again. It's endlessly listenable and it packs a surprise with each spin.
A bit like Rudi Arapahoe's 2008 record 'Echoes From One To Another' Talvihorros' release has come from nowhere and knocked me sideways.
It is not an exaggeration to say this is one of my favourite records this year." - Michael Henaghan, [sic] Magazine VINYL: thick gatefold covers, 180g vinyl, free download code