Times When I Know You’ll Watch The Sky –  Forest Robots (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Even before the music casts its ambient spell on you, and it will, the titles of the tracks alone will have conjured wonderful images and painted wild scenes in your head. Titles such as “Just Before Nightfall In The Forest” and “In The Late Autumn Afternoon Rainstorm” say as much in their one line as many songs do in their entirety and it is this same ability to evoke and envisage that lies at the heart of the music too.

If the first album, “Supermoon Moonlight Part I” heralded the celebration of Spring, and “Timberline And Mountain Crest”, was a journey through the wonders of Summer, this latest release is a celebratory ode to Autumn. A collision of the orchestral and the synth-phonic, the danceable and the ambient, the acoustic and the digital, it is an album which is expertly conceived, deftly wrought and brilliantly delivered.

Songs shimmer rather than groove, chime instead of drive, drift rather than solidify, and it is this restraint which makes the music so compelling. Even when beats are brought into play they are sparing and hypnotic, riffs are repetitive to the point of addiction and space, the fading notes and the sonic interludes, is as powerful an instrument as any other found here.

Based on what came before I knew I would like this album, but I didn’t realise that I would like it this much, or this instantaneously.

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