Stag Hare
Sandpaintings


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nevin USER (56 Reviews)
December 14th, 2010 | 8 replies | 5,020 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Stag Hare's sophomore effort is impressive in its simplicity, and even more so in its ability to capture the listener.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

As futile as the question may be, I always find it interesting to ask somebody why they listen to the music they do. Whether it is just for fun, relaxation, motivation, or even therapy, everybody has their own reasons for what they enjoy. The reasons for me are as diverse as anybody's - it's all entirely dependent on the mood I'm in and the music that comes along with it. Angry? A little Alkaline Trio goes a long way. Happy? Why not some Bomb The Music Industry! to accentuate it? As of recently I've come to discover that at night, when the sounds of the world flush themselves out and all that can be heard is the call of a train in the distance or crickets on the windowsill, the soft, flowing sounds of Stag Hare's Sandpaintings are exactly what I crave. The atmosphere that Garrick Biggs' creates with his plethora of sounds and instruments contains the slow, tender feel of a warm summer night, watching as the stars shine impeded only by lonely clouds passing by. His simplistic methods of crafting music through synth, subtle chimes and drum pats is impressive in the ways that it captures the ear so easily, while still being relatively stripped down in its presentation. It's this straightforward, yet still technically impressive methodology that helps Biggs' sophomore effort excel at not only providing a superbly relaxing experience, but also proving that it doesn't take a mass of substance to help an album devoid of lyrics be capturing in its own right.

The slow, creeping start to the first of two tracks on Sandpaintings, "Holy Person", contains the general feel of what's to come for the rest of the album. When described in simple terms, the entirety of the two tracks sounds nothing short of boring; but under certain circumstances it can really grasp you. Soft picks of a guitar and the gentle patting of bongos over the rising and falling hum in the background is all that is needed to keep the song flowing like a calm stream moving almost silently behind whistling grass. The same goes for track two, "Holy Wind", which utilizes the same tiny variations to attempt to capture the same peacefulness that Biggs is so talented at creating. For what it's trying to be, Sandpaintings excels in nearly every aspect. Biggs isn't trying to become the next superstar flooding the radios; he simply wants to create the music he is passionate about. Isn't that what we all want from an artist, anyway? We all have our own reasons for listening to what fits us, and when we hear somebody who is passionate about it, we cling to it like fresh dew on the morning grass. Lay back and allow Sandpaintings to flow over you, and perhaps you'll feel what Biggs did while creating it.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Slum
December 14th 2010



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tried a little something different here, hope you enjoy the read. Album is so relaxing it's crazy

Enotron
December 14th 2010



7695 Comments


hello thereeeeeee

Slum
December 14th 2010



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

o hey eno

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2010



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album, stag hare's brand of ambient music is awesome

Digging: A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Sea When Absent

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2010



15332 Comments


I enjoyed this review immensely, have a pos.

Digging: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus

Slum
December 14th 2010



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Electric City - Yesss, just listened to the first album and he is fantastic

@Sowing - Much appreciated, man!

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
December 15th 2010



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nothing on this matches "Oz," but by virtue of it being two tracks instead of 5 its way more focused and just as great

Zion
December 15th 2010



812 Comments


Will probably end up adding this to my top of 2010 list, not that I'll make one.



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