During lockdown, one of the albums I’ve returned to several times is Craven Faults’ previous album, “Erratics & Unconformities”. There’s a steady calm to it that manages to be conducive both to relaxing and to work, an almost stiff-upper-lip attitude in the gently looping analogue electronic patterns that are incredibly warming as well as beautiful. It’s like a home-knitted rug of analogue texture.
This short new album (possibly mini-album) “Enclosures” is pitched as being a return to Craven Faults’ earlier, more tense sounds, with “dark clouds gathering”. I’m relieved to report that it is a subtle evolution in tone rather than a wholesale change though.
“Doubler Stones” is night-time motorway material, a steady journeying pattern reminiscent of early Tangerine Dream long works, especially around the seven minute mark when the slightly sawtooth chord sounds appear. “Hard Level Force” continues in a fairly similar style initially, but as it progresses, just the slightest shades of the aforementioned tension do start to rear their head- resolutely pulsing single notes gently detached themselves from the main melody, and building washes of more discordant, pitch-meandering rumbles.
Longest piece “Weets Gate” switches some of the tension for a bit of melancholy, centring around big sparse synthbass notes that are ever-present, and which gradually get joined by a series of additional elements in a decidedly soundtrack-like form, in a piece that feels like it evolves more, and is more composed- which is not to say that the other pieces are flat.
It’s beautiful, steady and gently soporific, painting sleepy industrial and urban landscapes but with a soft analogue brush. Whilst there are shades of the dark clouds in the sound, I would and will still turn to this album as a way to wind down and stretch out my thoughts through the Winter and beyond.