Frond - The Second Continent: "Blissful synthetic textures blend with lush field recordings on The Second Continent"
Blissful synthetic textures blend with lush field recordings on The Second Continent, from British producer/phonographer Frond, on the first cassette tape by Dutch label, esc.rec. Eleven relatively brief and shimmering drones populate The Second Continent; it is a hazy landscape, occasionally punctuated with nostalgic instrumental visions (such as the wistful piano of ‘No Fate’, or ‘Still Burning’s organ). The integration of field recordings is what makes this tape stand out as an ambient work though. ‘No Fate’ duets music with the tinkling metallic clink of yacht rigging recorded in a port on the south coast of Cyprus. ‘Purple Overcast’ makes use of a hissing campfire recorded near Dartmoor, and ‘Apharia’ opens with whistling wind from an old cottage in Shropshire, ending with the epic crack of a gunshot and fleeing birds from Kent’s Oare marshes.