Canada’s serene Silent Season is probably among my most pleasant finds in recent memory. The label started almost exactly five years ago and it specializes in the ambient/techno side of the ever-expanding electronic spectrum (not to mention they dabble in dub techno!) – they’re just one shy of thirty releases. As you might notice when you peruse the label’s Bandcamp, it has quite the cult following with scores of users purchasing their albums repeatedly. ASC’s Beneath The Surface is a honeyed, dubby trip through the vast forest expanse in beautiful British Columbia – where Silent Season is based. Beneath The Surface really plunges you, the listener, in to an ice bath of, as Juno puts it, “early 90s style dreamy ambient chords, textures, and melodies.” If you’re starving for winter music right now, Beneath The Surface isn’t a bad thing to look in to – winter did officially begin today. Listen to Beneath The Surface via the Bandcamp player below and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

ASC – Beneath The Surface [SSV09]

A1. Immersion
A2. Deep Freeze
B1. Constant
B2. Raging Seas

Vinyl Etching:

A: True Beauty Lies
B: Beneath The Surface

Label text: From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.

Vinyl mastered by Stefan Betke at Scape Mastering
Digital mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering

“Long-serving Brit in San Diego James Clements dons his familiar ASC guise once more, for a typically atmospheric trip into deep, ambient-influenced abstract techno for Canada’s Silent Season imprint. As usual, there’s much to admire, from the sparse percussion, glacial electronics and icy melodies of “Deep Freeze”, to the minimalist, modular-sounding hum of closer “Raging Seas”. Arguably best of all, though, is “Immersion”, which sees Clements expertly combine early ’90s style dreamy ambient chords, textures and melodies – think Pete Namlook or early Irresistible Force – with scraped metal textures and impeccable IDM beats” – Juno

Beneath The Surface is available on vinyl at Juno and other fine record shops. Digital is available at Bandcamp.
released October 15, 2015


A: True Beauty Lies
B: Beneath The Surface

Price $9.91

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