Aidan Baker
Scalpel


4.5
superb

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
February 14th, 2010 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 'drone-folk' without any NSB, is this even real?

As one of the ambient genre’s most talented and prolific artists, Aidan Baker still manages to make notable distinctions between compositions despite the obvious difficulties he may encounter while writing album after album of guitar based drone. Scalpel, as Baker himself describes, is ‘drone-folk’ - using his signature guitar experimentation in a purely minimalist folk setting, the record flows through gentle and lush scenes with naught but an acoustic guitar and an electronically generated cushion of lightness.

As sedate as it may be, the record is exemplified by its melodic undertones. It’s no surprise that much of ambient and drone music is ignorant of melody, but Scalpel is in essence a number of sombre folk songs stripped away into nothing, before having weighty layers re-added to supplement its ambiance. Baker’s solemn vocals fit in perfectly with the mood the album is trying to achieve, his icy words spread thin over the flourishing composition beneath.

Though it is but a speck in the universe of music that is Aidan Baker’s discography, Scalpel is undoubtedly a significant release - not only in regards to Baker, but to the genre overall. It eschews the mundane feel that his solo work can sometimes have, and reeks of Natural Snow Buildings' folk experimentation. Perhaps not quite a classic, Scalpel nevertheless comes very close.



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rasputin
February 14th 2010


14550 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

for charles

TricksterGRex
February 14th 2010


2087 Comments


nice soundoff

Dryden
February 14th 2010


12928 Comments


yeah

TricksterGRex
February 14th 2010


2087 Comments


didnt read but it makes me want to get the album you sure have a way with wolds

Relinquished
February 14th 2010


25187 Comments


oh really?

rasputin
February 14th 2010


14550 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

national socialist boring

Ulsufyring
February 14th 2010


1724 Comments


oh shit sputinview

Wizard
February 14th 2010


19502 Comments


Damn this sounds good. Your reviews always make me squirt a bit rasp ; ).

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BallsToTheWall
February 14th 2010


44611 Comments


Sounds positively....radiant.

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rasputin
February 14th 2010


14550 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

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Wizard
February 14th 2010


19502 Comments


Wow, just wow!

TheSpirit
February 14th 2010


17927 Comments


This sounds good, good review

charles2000
February 15th 2010


450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yessss

charles2000
February 15th 2010


450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

eww wat gtfo dolls2thewall

Tits McGee
February 15th 2010


1876 Comments


good review man. I've been thinking of checking out some Nadja, perhaps I'll look into this before that.

charles2000
February 15th 2010


450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

this is compreetry different from nadja plus this is actually worth listening to

rasputin
February 15th 2010


14550 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i think the review is a little too long i should prob cut a para

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
February 15th 2010


862 Comments


was listening to this on the train yestday, only thing i could listen to without wanting to change

review is good, 2nd para is perfect

joshuatree
Emeritus
February 18th 2010


3742 Comments


missed this review, it and album are INCREDIBLE OMG

rasputin
April 18th 2010


14550 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

u and i both son



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