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II: Plains​/​Patterns

by Billow Observatory

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Chrisson
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Chrisson This is some deep shit, let's go Favorite track: Plains.
Dan Jones
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Dan Jones A great follow up to the ST album a few years back. Favorite track: Pulsus.
Alec L. Critten
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Alec L. Critten Beautiful soundscapes you can get lost in. It's hard to pick a favorite track from this ambient masterpiece. Favorite track: Plum.
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John Jockson 79 Simply stunning! A superb album from the ambient masters! Favorite track: Plum.
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TwilightAmbiance I am instantly reminded of the soundtrack to the game Eufloria. These seven songs are beautiful, airy, and positive. The cream and orange cover art is a great choice to convey the music held within.

"Nulstil" is my favorite from this offering, a fantastic piece, along with "Plains".
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Billow Observatory – the trans-atlantic duo consisting of Detroit's Jason Kolb (Auburn Lull) and Danish producer Jonas Munk (Manual) – are back with a follow-up to the their debut album from 2012.

”II: Plains/Patterns” departs from the first LP’s amorphous ambient haze with a more rigid, albeit subtle, underpinning of rhythm and pulse. The duo’s obsession with “place and space” comes clearly into focus with an album that draws deeply from Munk and Kolb’s individual proximity to the geographically distant, but oddly similar, sounds of Germany and Michigan, past and present.

Traces of shoegaze, modern minimal electronica, and kosmische appear on every track, but are mutated into something mysterious and new. ”Pulsus”, for example, opens the album with a driving teutonic stutter and washes of serene guitar loops that are punctuated by bursts of filtered synth patterns; a combination that seamlessly bridges the gaps between disparate genres and periods of time.

Centerpiece, ”Plains”, expands the ambient formula into an inspired epic in three parts, where swells of processed guitars, distant voices and faint echoes of Detroit techno are weaved together to form a kaleidoscopic whole. And tracks such as ”Vex” and ”Plum” seem to pay as much homage to Slowdive and Eno's Harold Budd collaborations as to the modern minimalism from Cologne or Berlin.

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released March 31, 2017

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Billow Observatory Detroit, Michigan

Billow Observatory is a trans-Atlantic duo consisting of Detroit's Jason Kolb (Auburn Lull) and Denmark's Jonas Munk (Manual). They have been working together since 2006 and released two full-length albums.

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