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Cruel Optimism
Artist
Lawrence English
ReleaseProduct
Cruel Optimism
Label
Room40
Catalogue Number
RM470
Release Date
February 2017
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Three years on from Wilderness of Mirrors, Lawrence English returns to the fold with an album that features, among others, Norman Westberg of Swans. The post-rock titans are an appropriate touchstone here - English’s ambiences are as wrought and grandiose as anything that band has produced, with big bass synths and cascades of reverb invoking a sense of majesty at nearly every turn. Icy and foreboding, the record sweeps you up in its huge washes of sound before cuts like ‘Requiem for a Reaper’ and ‘Negative Drone’ see the metaphorical clouds parting for moments of touching beauty.

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  1. 1 Hard Rain 5:29 Lawrence English feat. Thor Harris and Heinz Riegler Buy
  2. 2 The Quietest Shore 2:40 Lawrence English feat. Thor Harris Buy
  3. 3 Hammering a Screw 1:35 Lawrence English feat. Thor Harris and Norman Westberg Buy
  4. 4 Crow 3:14 Lawrence English feat. Tony Buck, Thor Harris and Norman Westberg Buy
  5. 5 Requiem for a Reaper / Pillar of Cloud 3:19 Lawrence English feat. Thor Harris, Heinz Riegler and Norman Westberg Buy
  6. 6 Exquisite Human Microphone 3:10 Lawrence English feat. Chris Abrahams, Tony Buck and Mats Gustafsson Buy
  7. 7 Object of Projection 4:44 Lawrence English feat. Thor Harris, Chris Abrahams and Heinz Riegler Buy
  8. 8 Negative Drone 4:17 Lawrence English feat. Werner Dafeldecker, Thor Harris and Norman Westberg Buy
  9. 9 Somnambulist 5:58 Lawrence English feat. Chris Abrahams, Tony Buck, Thor Harris and Norman Westberg Buy
  10. 10 Moribund Territories 4:22 Lawrence English feat. Mats Gustafsson, Thor Harris, Heinz Riegler and Norman Westberg Buy

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