Aidan Baker
Still Life


3.5
great

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
July 7th, 2011 | 26 replies | 10,031 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: not so still tones for the still minds of still lives.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Hot on the heels of March’s Only Stories, Aidan Baker has again put together a cohesive ambient piece that soothes and lulls. While Only Stories was essentially a reworking of Scalpel with even more minimalist tendencies, Still Life captures the concept of its title perfectly with a almost lounge-esque aesthetic. In writing this record, Baker has left his guitar at home and created four mood pieces with only piano, drums and bass.

Naturally the composition is based around the piano work, which both leads and supplements the music, bouncing on the soft and cushioned rhythm section. For the most part, Still Life is a gentle and placid arrangement – it’s an almost perfect accompaniment to lethargic winter days. Though of course Baker is not an artist to be pigeonholed, and his eccentricity shines through on several occasions – ‘Complex Iconographic Symbology’, juxtaposes rather eerily with the first two songs, conjuring an extremely dark mood that takes the record to its end. Another peculiar example is the midsection of ‘Refuge from Oblivion’, comprising of a frenetic and disorderly piano line, which, ironically, is no refuge from oblivion.

Still Life sits as another excellent addition to Baker’s burgeoning discography. As with many ambient artists, Baker has the ability to produce large quantities of music, but what easily separates Baker from others is the consistency and quality that surrounds his work.



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rasputin
July 7th 2011



14538 Comments


out in a few days, streaming here

http://aidanbaker.bandcamp.com/album/still-life

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2011



31047 Comments


Nice. I was a fan of Lost In The Rat Maze so I'll look into this

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MO
July 7th 2011



18418 Comments


Scalpel is the only one I've heard, which I really liked. Will check this.

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rasputin
July 7th 2011



14538 Comments


if you liked Scalpel, definitely get Only Stories as well

MO
July 7th 2011



18418 Comments


Good to know man, thanks alot.

sifFlammable
July 7th 2011



2741 Comments


dude i love you for reviewing aidan baker

will keep this on hold, need to listen to like 30 more nadja albums/collabs first m/

Ire
July 7th 2011



41753 Comments


*earth

edit: that 2nd earth album hasn't come out yet nvm

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2011



16134 Comments


Another solid entry into a very consistent (at least from what I've heard) discography. Nice review.

ZombicidalMan
July 7th 2011



1758 Comments


I've only ever checked out Nadja, I should listen to this solo stuff. Nice review.

rasputin
July 7th 2011



14538 Comments


is baker gonna pull a boris this year or what


he 'pulls a boris' every year

ECRbubs
July 7th 2011



687 Comments


who?



*trollface*

Spare
July 8th 2011



5270 Comments


awes

kount
July 8th 2011



1279 Comments


have fun downloadin this spare

lolfmao

Spare
July 8th 2011



5270 Comments


lmaofl

rasputin
July 8th 2011



14538 Comments


lofl

sifFlammable
July 8th 2011



2741 Comments


if im correct bakers made seven releases this year including collaborations and a 50 minute single

jingledeath
July 8th 2011



7104 Comments


The Sea Swells a Bit and Scalpel rule, gonna check the shit out of this.

Lambda
July 8th 2011



2417 Comments


Thought it was an Opeth cover album

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KangarooSong
July 8th 2011



143 Comments


It's raining outside where I live and this album fits nicely

Knott-
Emeritus
July 8th 2011



10195 Comments


DECEPTIVE

thought this was a robin smith review because he doesn't have a shift key but

nice



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