Andrew Chalk - Ghosts of Nakhodka LP (Faraway Press) U.K.

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Andrew Chalk - Ghosts of Nakhodka LP (Faraway Press) U.K.

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This is a gem of a recording! A new album, the sister of Ghost of Nakhodka in some ways (Siren Records 2009), but entirely new and different material. 'Ghosts' is all played on a monphonic synthesizer and recorded directly to two track tape. Evoking memories of dreamy postcard memories and snapshots of another time and place. Moving in 13 parts to a final conclusion- 'Map of the World'.
"Youmay be thinking, there was an album by Andrew Chalk with this exactsame title. And you would be correct but for one small distinction - the2009 album was called Ghost Of Nakhodka and this 2015 album is GhostsOf Nakhodka. Ah, the difference of plurality! The album is pegged as asister to that 2009 album though Chalk has implemented a different setof tools on this one. Instead of piano and guitar laced with placiddroning effects that was found on the singular Ghost album, here he'susing a monophonic synthesizer occasionally dappled with fieldrecordings and a few choice effects. Itbecomes very clear this a Chalk record through the albums'  impressionist fragments spilled across 13 tracks, each rich with hislanguid sense of space and his elegant timing in placing thisfree-roaming kosmische blorp here and that swollen ambient blur overthere. Brian Eno's Discreet Music and Apollo would be the closestreferences to what Chalk is up to here, though his production methodsare qualitatively rough hewn in the synth manifestation of melancholicnostalgia with little of the portent that Eno imbues into his work. Theminiatures presented are exquisite jewels coming from a craftsman keenon showcasing his work to a select few and within an deliberatelyintimate setting. It would seem far out of Chalk's character tobroadcast works such as these at the Guggenheim or even the ICA.  Instead, a humble English cottage with a sod roof and a console-sizedcathode ray television as the only means of transmission. Ah, thewonders of Andrew Chalk never cease. " Aquarius Records

300 copies, regular edition. All albums contain a specially printed insert and postcard set, printed on 350 gramme cream paper stock. DMM cut, pressing on 140gramme vinyl Sleeve design and layout by Andrew Chalk and Jos Moers Inserts printed in offset by Andrew Ostler

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