LP / CD
september 14, 2018
The full-length debut by Julie Carpenter's Joshua Tree, California ambient orchestral project Less Bells emerged from the drama and desolation of its high desert origins. She cites certain compositions as being "specifically inspired by August monsoons rolling in over the mountains, others by clear, starry nights." Joined by collaborator Dain Luscombe and utilizing an array of electronic and acoustic instruments, including cello, Optigan, violin, voice, and modular synth, Solifuge conflates not only the solitude and refuge of its title but also intimacy and grandeur, fragility and force, "building from austerity to wild overgrowth."