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Rapoon: Time Frost

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Artist: Rapoon (@)
Title: Time Frost
Format: CD
Label: Glacial Movements (@)
Rated: *****
Robin Storey aka Rapoon is a former member of Zoviet France and currently part of The Reformed Faction (of ZF). The concept beyond this one is awesome - Storey infected and manipulated Johann Strauss' "Blue Danube" to describe Europe under a new ice age, with all the culture buried deep beneath the ice sheet. He used a 1968 vinyl edition of Kubrick's "2001 A Space Odissey" soundtrack to obtain the loops for the five compositions of "Time Frost" and you can hear even some vinyl crackles here & there and not one of them exists out of context. Basically all the compositions are short and have lots of textures and subtle movements except for "Ice Whispers" that clocks in at 35 minutes. Storey has been developing his solo material for approx. 15 years covering many styles with some highlights like his 1996 classic "Darker By Light" or the awesome and criminally underrated collaboration with Nocturnal Emission's Nigel Ayers under the name Hank & Slim - and some disappointing episodes like the experiments with clubby stuff on Klanggalerie. I'd say that "Time Frost" is probably his best effort in the ambient field so far. Out on the Italian label Glacial Movements, "Time Frost" comes packaged in a great digipack with a remarkable artwork created by Alessandra Clini on a picture by Bjarne Riesto.