D. ROTHON

Nightscapes Clay Pipe Mu­sic A noc­tur­nal jour­ney in sound from south Lon­don multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist.

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Night­fall and the way that it both changes our per­cep­tions of the world and acts as a sum­mons to sleep has in­spired artists and mu­si­cians down through the ages, ex­er­cis­ing a unique grip on our imag­i­na­tions. On the won­der­ful Nightscapes, mul­ti­in­stru­men­tal­ist David Rothon cap­tures the var­i­ous moods of the hours after dark, a con­tem­pla­tive mu­si­cal jour­ney with a few sur­prises along the way. It be­gins with The Mid­night Bell/I Have Been Here Be­fore, chim­ing pedal steel notes lost in a warm pool of re­verb, be­fore Mel­lotron and har­mon­ica com­bine as twin heralds of sleep’s lit­tle death. …And Breathe per­fectly mim­ics that slid­ing feel­ing as con­scious­ness slips away, the chords pitch shift­ing through some misty veil. The mi­nor key guitar fig­ure and melan­cholic cor anglais of Waldein­samkeit is preg­nant with pas­toral long­ing; the retro fu­tur­ist lounge mu­sic of The Years Fall Away is like hear­ing John Barry’s theme to Mid­night Cow­boy on the

Moon. But this isn’t just the au­ral equiv­a­lent of a snug­gle un­der the du­vet – the tense, drift­ing drone of Un­wo­ken City re­calls Zeit-era Tangs, the night at its dark­est just be­fore dawn.

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