“Gramophone Transmissions” is the second album by Broken Harbour, aka
The flowing, non-rhythmic strings pads with smooth crackles journey through shaded, at times slightly ghostly landscapes were time and place seems to be of no importance. While we wander through the remote and expansive territory making up “Gramophone Transmissions”, the first half turns out to be sounding more accessible, smoother and lighter.
Things turn lengthier, darker and more dense in the second half of the recording, starting with the beautiful alienating choral “Dark Clouds approaching from the West”. This great minimal piece is the entrance to the 16-minute “Maelstrom (The Decent)”, a halucinogenic/abstract trip down into the underworld, but a tad too adventurous for my ears. Fortunately, smooth drifting textural atmospheres and choral pads nicely return on the last piece “Unforeseen Conseqences”, that incorporates a beautiful dynamic undercurrent.
All in all, “Gramophone Transmissions” is rather unusual but well-rendered ambient headphone music for those looking and cherishing the beauty hidden in remote expansiveness.
A special note on the stunning cd art work by Michal Karcz, that perfectly mirrors the mood and deep feel of the album’s introspective music.
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the Broken Harbour artist page