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A Glimmer of Memory
Format: 12" Vinyl / CD Audio / Digital Download
Cat no: COFN007
Total time: 52.53
I've often thought about the way that we perceive memories. It was one early morning when I was out running in the Somerset countryside seeing a few rays of sunlight breaking through the cloud cover, illuminating just a few areas of the ground so intensely, that I saw the metaphor; our memories are like spot-lit glimpses into our past.
Inspired, I set about exploring some of my own most vivid memories and giving them a soundtrack. The result is A Glimmer of Memory
01 A Glimmer of Memory
02 All That's Gone
03 At First Sight
04 Point of Reflection
05 Lost in Venice
06 A Glimmer
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What people are saying
“…the almost 53-minute outcome is profound intrinsic and introspective but also a bit edgy, coming in waves while spreading a chilly but pleasant aural scent. At the same time, it also features smooth neo-classical hints (such as on the third track “At First Sight”). It’s again a warp of silence where time and place seem to have dissolved somehow while the textures morph and evolve in minimalist form and the trail of remembrance takes shape. A sense of mourning or depression isn’t present though.
Without doubt, the fourth piece (“Point of Reflection”) is my favourite, entering a deep, dense world with floating, hollow-sounding textural elements and this repetitive, sprinkling/metallic sound effect. The inspired”Lost in Venice” expands on this sphere imminently.
This is ambient music meant for deeper listening and a good pair of headphones.”
Bert Strolenberg – Sonic Immersion
“Simon Lomax composes beautiful music that when aired, if it does its job correctly, almost no one will ever hear. His Ambient album A Glimmer of Memory (52’53”) possesses an austere and despondent beauty. Making sustained internal focus seem natural A Glimmer of Memory has all the weight of a daydream. But the more time we spend with this work the more its sophistication dominates. Equal parts elegy and observation the six tracks deal with the singular condition of the individual. Isolation and self-seeking are prominent themes as Lomax composes open and spacious pieces filled with reverberant piano, synth-strings, tremulous tones and organ breathing chorus. One track offers a steady tapping in the way of a discernible rhythm, above which venting sounds hiss and blow an odd atmosphere into the listening space. Strange slow harmonies touch and contrast against one another with hollow electronic voices offering calm unity – noticed only between the cloudy production of chords. Elsewhere we notice the dreamy motion of recurring sound amidst a vague sense of building forms; each realization conjuring its own wondrous and unique realm. Everything on A Glimmer of Memory seems well- crafted and thought out, even though it plays through as aimless and direction-less as idyll thought. This is intelligent chill music for the person receding into oblivion.”
– Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END
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