Aidan Baker
Liminoid/Lifeforms


3.5
great

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
March 26th, 2010 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: this is ambient music.

Now that his LP discography amounts well into the fifties, Aidan Baker isn’t really as ‘ground-breaking’ or ‘innovative’ as he once may have seemed. But then again, with monumental releases like Scalpel, Green & Cold and The Sea Swells a Bit under his belt, he doesn’t really need to be anything. His extensive collection of quality albums props him up exactly where he deserves to be, but one certainly gets the feeling he doesn’t really need to release so many albums. Arguably, some of them are by and large inferior to his best, but the rating above simply signifies that Liminoid/Lifeforms is not one of the records that should’ve been left on the studio’s floor.

As his first record of 2010, Liminoid/Lifeforms is as its name suggests – two separate compositions under the same title. The Liminoid portion is divided up into four separate entities that, similar to most of Baker’s work, gradually worm through various soundscapes that resonate with whatever thematic substance into which Baker has delved. While ‘Liminoid (Parts I and III)’ share a common compositional element in their almost post rock-ish ascension, the Liminoid half is best characterised by the collaboration of its four distinct parts. The subtle build-up that the preceding three tracks bring into the delivery of the fourth track is remarkably timely, thus making the contrast between the buoyancy of the first three and the haunting disposition of the fourth all the more effective. Baker’s grasp of atmosphere shows in this juxtaposition, and the ensuing ‘collapse’ is highly noteworthy.

Lifeforms eschews the simplicity of four parts and is offered as a single half-hour long slice of ambience. It greatly resembles much of his previous work and hence seems uninteresting alongside its more bombastic partner in Liminoid. But rather than continuing to speak of them as separate, the unification between the two is perhaps the most significant element of this record. Where resilience and solemnity are expressed as two stark extremes in Liminoid, Lifeforms bridges the two with a lingering neutrality and delicate hints to the record’s first half. In essence, Liminoid/Lifeforms is an expression of Baker’s compositional endeavour, and where he may lack in profundity, he makes up for with conceptual continuity.



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Wizard
March 26th 2010


19644 Comments


Getting, getting, getting. This is the guy from Nadja, right?

Been a while with the reviews, eh?

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rasputin
March 26th 2010


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yeah, he's from nadja. i'd suggest getting the three i mention in the introduction before this, but this is still great.

and yeah, i haven't reviewed too much recently. i'll have two up on DC with the next update though.

Wizard
March 26th 2010


19644 Comments


I love your work on DC dude. Getting all four of these because Nadja fucking rules.



ov420
March 26th 2010


300 Comments


the dude dosent release enough mat.

rasputin
March 26th 2010


14555 Comments


I love your work on DC dude. Getting all four of these because Nadja fucking rules.


thanks. i've got something like 15 promos to get through for DC but i've been busy with uni recently and haven't much time to sit down and absorb new music. but expect to see a whole bunch from me in the next month or so (though at least half of them probably won't be worth hearing).

this dude doesn't release enough mat.

i know rite listened to everything already

Wizard
March 26th 2010


19644 Comments


the dude dosent release enough mat.

Is that a joke because I swear I saw a list of his releases somewhere. Pretty large discography if you ask me.

rasputin
March 26th 2010


14555 Comments


yeah Karl, it was a joke. i mention in the first line that he has over 50 LPs =P

TheSpirit
March 26th 2010


18001 Comments


Very good review as usual. This doesn't sound like my type of thing though.




Rasp, did you ever end up checking out Plainwords?

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Wizard
March 26th 2010


19644 Comments


That's what I thought hahahahah DUH DUH DUH DUH

rasputin
March 26th 2010


14555 Comments



Very good review as usual. This doesn't sound like my type of thing though.




Rasp, did you ever end up checking out Plainwords?

thanks, it's ambient music, so you either like it or you don't. and yeah I did - I still haven't properly listened to it, but it's had about two whole listens over numerous occasions. what i can remember of it i liked (it is Lunn), but it felt a bit like a less developed version of fall of efrafa to me.

Wizard
March 26th 2010


19644 Comments


TheSpirit, try Nadja first.

TheSpirit
March 26th 2010


18001 Comments


Will do. I like some ambient (Obitania) so i'll give this (and Nadja) a listen for sure.

ov420
March 26th 2010


300 Comments


no you won't

rasputin
March 26th 2010


14555 Comments


Will do. I like some ambient (Obitania) so i'll give this (and Nadja) a listen for sure.

for aidan baker i'd suggest get scalpel and green & cold first.

no you won't

get on msn im bored

ov420
March 26th 2010


300 Comments


msn pfft

rasputin
March 26th 2010


14555 Comments


ur ded

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 26th 2010


8393 Comments


good read, although this probably isn't something I'd dig

rasputin
March 26th 2010


14555 Comments


i realised i dont mention this is ambient music anywhere in the review - now i have a summary

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 26th 2010


8393 Comments


Swell summary

jingledeath
March 26th 2010


7104 Comments


Definitely need to get into this guy's work, I think I'll start with Scalpel and see where that takes me.



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