The Last Sense to Fade - Darkroom
by Tom Ojendyk
This UK-based duo of guitarist Michael Bearpark and electronics-whiz and horn player Andrew Ostler [who also runs Expert Sleepers] has released several albums since forming in the late 90s and their current release is an epic one, consisting of over 90 minutes of wonderful reflective electro-acoustic ambience that’s warm and full of movement, with additional guitar provided by Jon Durant and Bill Walker. Some of the music was recorded remotely, but everything sounds together and well thought-out. The band also repurposed previous live recordings as the basis for new music and added additional instrumentation and new themes. While some of the pieces feel mournful, nothing feels hopeless which makes this release especially appropriate for our time.