â€œCity of Bridesâ€ is the third full-length album by En, the Bay Area-based duo of multi- instrumentalists Maxwell August Croy and James Devane. It was recorded over the last few years in a variety of contexts and follows upon 2012â€™s well-received â€œAlready Gone,â€ further developing the diverse sonic palette of that record. Across 4 sides, the pair present exotic, transportive, and richly detailed pieces that toe the line between ecstatic longform ambience and elegant, structured electronic composition. As always with Enâ€™s output, the koto is a focal point, its distinctive tone ringing out amidst the hazy guitar, vocal, and synthesis environments that surround it. The material on the record ranges from moody to celestial, from cool to white hot. Pieces such as â€œBlonde is Backâ€ and â€œMendocino Nature Raveâ€ merge sizzling modular synth lacework with plaintive, familiar drone clouds to rapturous ends, while the two-part â€œSongs For Diminished Lovemakingâ€ sequence charts a more minimal and nostalgic course. With â€œCity of Brides,â€ weâ€™re pleased to present Enâ€™s most realized and defining statement to date, a welcome addition to the ever-expanding and fertile topography of American West Coast drone music. 2LP/Digital available 11/20/15.
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