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in a gatefold sleeve inc. CD copy of the album
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Land Observations explores the power of minimalism via layered, repetitive electric VI string guitar to create warm, evocative instrumentals. Each of the compositions responds to the psychogeography of an individual road and an obvious fascination with Roman Roads as man made structures; their bold lines carving through the landscape.
Influenced as much by Tom Verlaine as Steve Reich or the Kosmische groups, 'Roman Roads' explores the power of minimalism to create warm, evocative atmospherics. The guitar plucks of 'The Battle Of Watling Street' appear within the heat and haze of a summer's day, longer drones reveal their pastoral hues in the warm, audible breeze; whereas 'Appian Way' is a day dream of a Roman Legion marching in time to the beat of Neu!'s Klaus Dinger. By no means a historical project, or an attempt to look only into the past, 'Roman Roads' reflects on the broader ideas of momentum and progress. Highly recommended.