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Artist: Caught In The Wake Forever
Title: Under Blankets
Format: CD
Label: Fluid Audio (@)
Rated: *****
Caught In The Wake Forever is the project by Scottish home recording artist and composer Fraser Alexander McGowan. If you have ever listened to some of his outputs, you'll notice this "Under Blankets" (a one-single 40 minutes lasting track) is slightly different from most of his previous releases. As you can easily guess by its length, the typical structure of the song got put aside, as well as guitar-driven harmonies and even any narrative reference, even if there's a story behind it: it seems he made it as an enhancement of the somehow cliched meditative music he had to listen during a therapy against the anxiety he suffered from some years ago, during which he began practising so-called mindfulness meditation, an ancient Buddhist practice focusing on the here and now. The aim of such a practice got explained by its primary teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn as "the art of conscious living...to do with waking up and seeing things as they are...the overall tenor of mindfulness practice is gentle, appreciative, and nurturing" in his essay "Wherever You Go, There You Are". The style of ambient he explores cannot but be close to meditative music and somehow consonant to the aim of Fraser's therapy: slow trembling of remarkably elongated frequencies and slightly hypnotical swirling that become more and more sublimely warm could relief from your personal worries, or they will maybe just bring a sounder sleep! The physical deluxe cd edition, including many extra items related to astrology and meteorology, is strictly limited to 200 copies (just 15 remaining when this review got written), but the release is available in digital format on the artist's Bandcamp.



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