Label: Graveface Release date: 16/02/10 When not playing monophonic synthesizers for Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Seven Fields Of Aphelion is busy working with double exposed photographs, delay, and gentle semi-ambient compositions. On her debut album Periphery, she manages to make fractured folk, gentle washes of piano and synth, and just the slightest dose of Music For Airports combine into a wholly impressive debut that solidifies her as a stellar musician. I must first admit what a sucker I am for ambient music – an ardent Eno follower who also has every Stars Of The Lid release, the gentle swashes of sound that are ambient just appeal to me. That being said, there is far more movement and melody than in most drone based ambient. Each song slowly unfolds, usually appearing as only a small section then moving into a shorter chorus-type section, but the constant movement of the background keeps every lead propelled to the point where each composition propels itself. And while the tape style warps and moaning synth of ‘Cloud Forest (The Little Owl)’ may recall trace amounts of Tobacco, the monosynth perfection of ‘Mountain Mary’ decimates any possible comparisons to BMSR. Moments like ‘Lake Feet’ and ‘Michigan Icarus’ have hints of piano driven folk, but with the lack of any human-generated sounds (IE vocals), these songs instead become ruminations on the piano’s capability to sing. ‘Saturation: Arrhythmia’ is another highlight, with a nice and vaguely fantastic convergent arpeggio, heavy amounts of noise filters on the lead synths, and an unsettling yet comforting mood that soaks into your ears for all five minutes of its duration. And while each song exists as its own composition, the overarching sound of the album is wholly singular, with slightly out of tune upright pianos and Prophet synth lines. It’ll be interesting to see if there will be a tour to support this album, and to see how it matches up to the sounds of the album. Given the intense privacy of all members of BMSR, this may be the closest thing we get to a peek inside of the mind of The Seven Fields Of Aphelion, but I’m fine with that. Now if I could only stop listening to this album and get back to the other ones I’m supposed to review… Photobucket