On Updrafts, Australian sound artist James McDougall serves up another gorgeous helping of scrambled field recordings, reconstructions, brittle textures, warm mechanisms, environmental rumblings, and a host of minute sonic abstractions and abrasions. The aural canvas is a rich shimmering, and sometimes skittering, collage of our human sound-world. Ripe with details, subtle developments, and underlying ambience, but flowing down unforseen channels like a stream-of-consciousness narrative.
Microtonal and minimal, yet often lush and so very human, Updrafts is a welling up of the sonic world surrounding us every day. It is a testament to a world heard ... but not heard.
An admirable follow-up release to the earlier Fold.
Loving everything by Faint. There's a fine line where ambient and other forms of electronic music meet without crossing outside the ambient realm. Upon that line, SVLBRD have set up shop. Highly recommended. Andrew Kruse
You will have to play this album several times to begin to realize how brilliant Phillip is. It is really a question of connectedness and it works for me. A fleeting moment in time captured and laid bare. Christopher Ellis