Among wallpaper's tapestries, blue neon lights, flour and backing paper. Here, here ends my winter.
Being deeply influenced by seasons coming and going can be really effective on the music a person composes. Sometimes days can be really short, little space for light and lots of hours left to the evening, to the night. Suddenly the sun shines brighter but the next day it's gone. It comes and goes, but you know it's time for darkness, cold, wool clothing and blankets, crackling fireplaces and stormy snow, to finally leave.
“Talk about ambition. Leaving Winter is not the first self-released, handmade full-length album by budding ambient project The Volume Settings Folder to get a physical release, but it does have the loosest concept: the death of Winter to birth Spring. Short in length for an ambient release at only 39 minutes, but the lack of content leaves no room for indulgences. Each track has one thing in common with the rest, the sound of water flowing and dripping. Whether it’s in the foreground on the stark, unsettling Vesta—the dripping augmenting the dissonant soundscapes—or conveyed in metaphor on the squealing of acoustic guitar on Tschano, the giving way of snow to open up the grass pervades the entirety of the record. That is not to say that Leaving Winter is warm throughout. The opener, Neswo and its comparatively short closer in Tschano both work as sleek, dissonant bookends in entirely different formats. The centerpiece of the album is the incredibly short Kroesta, where loud drones perforate most of the duration. An incredibly distorted and twisted acoustic guitar jangles on for half of the song, eventually fading into muffled obscurity to open up the absolutely vibrant Brahma, its own ten minutes all cherished, backed in sound and soundscape. Leaving Winter is ambient music that belongs as a focal point, rather than being played as background noise.” - 9/10
released April 4, 2013
Music by M. Beckmann.
Picture-cover by F. Zagolin: fabiozagolin.tumblr.com
Handmade CDr packaging and design by M. Beckmann.
February-March 2013, north-east Italy.