After quite an extended break from music-making, British musician Simon Slator recently started up again and released “Chameleon”. From the liner notes I learned the underlying theme is how, like a chameleon, some change their outward appearance to blend in with their surroundings, yet inside they feel anxious and threatened.
Well, Simon’s music has changed also, proving to be quite a diversion from the floating/relaxing music made previously. Instead, the two 20-minute soundscapes feature a more languid yet tense sound design with some crispy atmospherics and effects passing by occasionally. I’d say the recording’s intrinsicness and lush density on “part 1” hints a bit toward to the ambient work of Andrew Heath as well as Roach and Altus.
“Part 2” -ranking even higher- presents a 23-minute darker-flavoured sphere of evolving textures countered by gentle dissonances and an undeniable cosmic touch. Note the subdued, deep resonating sense of mystery and power running underneath the beautiful shapeshifting pads.
Best listen to “Chameleon” (that I rank between 3.5 and 4 stars) with quality headphones is highly recommended. Nice going Simon & welcome back.
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the Simon Slator artist page
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