Keep a Weather Eye Open
From the inset, 'Tender is the opaque morning' the scene has been set on 'Keep a Weather Eye Open' into a Bryars-esque dip into the sunken Titanic. Gently clattering China on a slow drop to the bed of the ocean, faint light filtering through. The band plays on, the notes become submerged & eventually a hymnal drone emerges repeating over and over in slow cycles. This is not the end however, as unlike the ill-fated Vessel of Sleep, this work re-emerges to the surface and into hazy light. Roughly 2 years in the making for release on Infraction - KAWEO is presented in a digipak with a 12 page color booklet in an edition of 900 copies. KAWEO was mastered by Robert Rich. '...from aft came the tunes of the band..... The ship was gradually turning on her nose - just like a duck that goes down for a dive. I had only one thing on my mind - to get away from the suction. The band was still playing. I guess all of the band went down. They were playing 'Autumn' then.' - Harold Bride, 1912. '...it's immediately apparent that a huge amount of time and effort has been spent into creating these hazy, ghostly ambient pieces. Simply put this is extremely evocative, tender and beautiful soul stirring audio. A sublime and captivating journey that really gives me goosebumps. This is one of those albums that is so fluently articulated that you feel like it's truly a shared experience between yourself and it's creator. This is something I find to be consistent with the labels output, transcending Eno's original ethos of ambient being sonic wallpaper, this is an emotional experience and so much more than mere background music. This music speaks to you and it tells a story. I really love the sound palette here and there is lots happening deep within the layers of immersive sound. It's the subtle details here that make for lush deep listening. Presented in a super smart looking digipak with lush full colour booklet with gorgeous photography.' - Norman Records 'His lush, refined patterns are top of the line ambient music, chopped into fine slices. Not too much, not too small.' - vital weekly 'Fleury-Steiner traffics in something much more tranquil, a series of dark and dolorous dronescapes, some thick and textured, corrosive and chordal, others hushed and minimal smooth and crystalline, a sound that veers from dense cavernous black ambient rumbles to shimmering shoegazey drift, from Troum to Lovesliescrushing. 'Tender Is The Opaque Morning' is delicate yet ominous, long streaks of distant high end sound underpin reverbed plinks, and moaning strings, a smoldering lightly blackened haze, while 'Purple As The Dawn' is a wispy smear of hushed new age etherea, 'Feedback Of Day' sounds like it was recorded in the hull of a rusty old ship, 'Blue Sonar' is a blue sky full of sun dappled clouds, the sound of light dancing on leaves. The cool thing about all these songs is the distinction is not all that distinct. The pretty delicate numbers bleed right into the more haunting mysterious tracks, and both are infused with elements of the other. A sound not so much perfectly balanced between light and dark, but one that is both simultaneously, depending on the track, on the context, a hidden battle beneath the surface, the result, a strangely otherworldly collection of ever evolving, totally mesmerizing, and strangely mysterious dronemusic, dark enough to require active listening, but blissed out and tranquil enough to be the soundtrack to late nights and slow drifts into oblivion. ' - Aquarius Records.