Stop 5: Download
"Drones In Duality" is the first in a series of mixes dedicated to Bridewell Gardens, which I visit every week to engage in therapeutic conservation work. The name is a reference to the double meaning properties of each track title, and the transference of a gesture in two different timeframes - before mucking in, and after a days' graft.
For instance, Bibio's "Cherry Blossom Road" encompasses walking down roads adorned with flowers, to and from the bus trip to Bridewell, while "Sleep In The Eyes" identifies the product of doing much work on the premises, or getting cobwebs out on the journey in. Hammock's "We Will Say Goodbye To Everyone" nods to the friendly atmosphere I've encountered, and the desire to wish well each person I meet there. Pan American's "So That No Matter" curtails an extended metaphor for "so that no matter what problems I face, I can get through the day, with help from my friends and family".
This is segued into Hakobune's "Realization At Dusk", which symbolises the enjoyment factor I weigh up the evening prior, and welcoming in darkness post-assignments. Oophoi's "Beyond These Skies" is the subsequent result of thinking forward, to what can be sentimental gold beyond nostalgic trifles. Then "Diamonds In The Sky" arrives to calm the listener: "They shine in the night / The diamonds in the sky / The sweet dreaming girl's paradise". "Softkiller"'s incomprehensible lyrics act as the undertow to ethereal guitar noodling and hushed chants.
Grouper is juxtaposed with the grainy metamorphosising of Evangelista to end. All in all, "Drones In Duality" is a 23-minute endeavour into fresh ground for me. There's lots of drones, but these are counterbalanced with an accessibility from the vocals and brimming harmonies. Next up: "Time Heals All Wounds".