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Julian Ross: Fadeaway

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Artist: Julian Ross (@)
Title: Fadeaway
Format: CD + Download
Label: Sound In Silence Records (@)
Rated: * * * * *
Julian Ross is the ambient/post-rock duo of Ettore Di Roberto, co-founder and still member of Port-Royal, and Andrea Comotto, former bassist in a local blues band, based in Genoa, Italy. Formed in 2016, Julian Ross released their debut album ‘Retrospective’ on Silent Flow netlabel in 2018, representing the meeting of two different visions of music naturally blending one into each other. 'Fadeaway' is this outfit's second album consisting of five tracks for about 35 minutes. It is largely ambient-oriented post-rock infused with electronica, field recordings and sampled speech.

I found that there is a good amount of sonic variety between tracks, but that leads to some unevenness, and I found the sampled speech somewhat distracting (for ambient) but it works as a sound collage. There is still a good amount of subtlety on 'Fadeaway' though, but sometimes you have to "listen between the lines" so to speak, to catch it. The tracks are named sequentially "Till," "Death," "Do," "Us," "Part," giving a bit of an impression of dark ambience, but it isn't all dark. Some of it does sound industrial though, such as the latter part of "Do." This does sound heavier and more experimental that what I've come to expect from a Sound In Silence release, but I find that refreshing. Somewhere I recall this album being touted for fans of Tim Hecker and Labradford, but I find Hecker's work too "in your face" and Labradford's too guitar heavy in comparison with this. 'Fadeaway' has it moments to be sure, and repeated plays could make it more endearing.

As usual with Sound In Silence, this s is a limited edition of 200 handmade and hand-numbered collectible copies. It is packaged in a lovely hand-stamped 127mm x 127mm 250 gsm cream recycled cardboard envelope with the front cover image printed on a polaroid style photo paper and an insert sheet containing tracklist and information printed on a 120 gsm olive green recycled cardboard. It also comes bundled with a download code coupon and a Sound In Silence card.

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