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Leimer, Kerry and Tyler Boley:Brittle Soft

This is spacey, ethereal music. The sound is electronic, with synth and guitar loops hooked into by the occasional piano passage, Boley's guitar and a small amount of programmed percussion. The mellotron and piano and guitar save the music, giving it a bit more substance than another Kerry Leimer album reviewed on Sea Of Tranquility.. In fact, the third track is an outtake from Leimer's album The Listening Room.

Kerry Leimer runs a design company, and Tyler Boley is a photographer. After years of discussions about acting on their mutual interest in music, Brittle Soft is the first album by the duo. It is a short 27-minute album comprising just 3 tracks.

"Brittle Soft" starts with promise, with Boley's almost metallic fuzzy guitar tones over Leimer's mellotrons and synth. No percussion. Then the guitar plays clean, and toward the end it is almost fully absorbed into the ambient, synthesized tones. Leimer describes it as "Setting out without direction. Revising as you go. Getting to the end and starting again".

"A Pause" is comprised of 5 minutes of edits from "Brittle Soft". The strong guitar sound is absent.

"Curtain Of Grey" is a dense systems / phase piece that builds on piano/synthesizer themes, and is really an outtake from another K.Leimer album..

The ambience is very light, wraithlike and otherworldly. You can almost imagine this as background music to Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" series.

Refer also to our review of K. Leimer, The Listening Room

Added: September 30th 2003
Reviewer: Duncan Glenday
Related Link: Artist Website
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Language: english

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