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Ambient-industrial soundtrack from one-man music industry, Steven Wilson.
Bass Communion is Steven Wilson’s selfdescribed “ambient/noise/ experimental project”, and an outlet for his more avant-garde impulses. And No Birds Sing features two pieces of music taken from a forthcoming psychological horror film.
The first, a 28-minute piece, is essentially sound design rather than composition. Water drips in a vast metal drum, a droning presence looms from out of the shadows. A wheezing child’s voice intones, ‘Listen, can you hear?’, which is particularly startling on headphones. There are other distant voices now, like the type heard on
EVP recordings trying to communicate from beyond the veil. The sound modulates and suggests movement, before breaking the surface and pitching up on some blasted heath. The second, shorter piece begins in the same barren landscape, but hazy choral chords break through the clouds, bearing the gift of melody. It’s like the arrival of a phantom mothership offering solace in the dark, illuminating the earth in a slow swell of synthetic orchestra. One perhaps for Wilson completists only, but this movie for the ears adds yet another string to his considerable bow.