Like his no-man colleague Steven Wilson, Tim Bowness is now rallying around project after project. Memories Of Machines - the co-production with Giancarlo Erra of Nosound this spring - is now followed by Slow Electric. Bowness joins forces here with his long-time companion, keyboard player Peter Chilvers, and has also brought the Estonian ambient band UMA on board. The six tracks on the untitled debut are slow, calm, shapely and at the same time ice-cold and warm in their sound, almost beguiling: ambient guitar sounds à la Robert Fripp, crystal-clear piano pearls, floating spherical sounds and Tim's usual fragile vocals. Slow Electric, in contrast to Memories Of Machines, don't succumb to the allure of too much harmony. This is ensured on the one hand by discreet percussion loops and on the other by the trumpet of UMA's Aleksei Saks. In long notes it provides a jazzy ambience, sometimes played quite sharply, or quite relaxed. In two tracks you can hear no less than Tony Levin on bass.
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