• library tapes A Summer Beneath the Trees (CD, £10.95)

    label: Make Mine Music

    Library Tapes follow up the highly acclaimed Höstluft with this beautiful and atmospheric long player. A Summer Beneath the Trees steps away from the minimal sound of their previous releases, with rich layers of sound and more varied instrumentation, and strings taking a more prominent role. Joining Library Tapes main man David Wenngren (piano, laptop and field recordings) are Peter Broderick (Bella Union, Type, Kning Disk) who adds violin, guitar, accordion, trumpet, celeste, viola and banjo on six of the album’s nine tracks, and Danny Norbury (Static Caravan, Ono) who plays cello on three tracks. The trademark ageing clicks and glitches of earlier releases are largely absent, and there is a new found warmth and depth to these recordings. The album moves Library Tapes further into the realms of modern classical and cinematic soundtracks, with the music bringing to mind Arvo Pärt, Michael Nyman and Max Richter. Based in Gothenburg in Sweden, David Wenngren has also released music under the name Forestflies and has extensively toured with Sylvain Chauveau and Greg Haines.

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