David Newlyn
The Misspelled Numbers


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jonny Hunter CONTRIBUTOR (103 Reviews)
October 4th, 2012 | 9 replies | 757 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: David Newlyn solidifies his place amongst the top ambient producers of the year.

A new David Newlyn release means another chance to plant your elbows on a desk, firmly attach your hands to the side of your face (in a manner far closer to ‘dreamy’ than ‘in pain’), stare emptily at a wall and to really have a proper go at studying the various noises reaching your ears. Deterioration, his LP released just 3 weeks prior to this review, offered a remarkably breezy view of Belgium as he recorded the environmental assault on his exposed recording equipment; a sentiment not too far removed from the ever-cited Disintegration Loops. With an added touch of love (and possibly more importantly expertise) from Wil Bolton, Deterioration offered small glades of resonating beauty in an open forest of mist.

The Misspelled Numbers is nothing like this. It’s a much more discreet and clinical effort with the view of ‘observing pastoral hums, misspelled numbers, voices in the rafters and other educational oddities.’ In many ways it’s a meta-analysis on the process people undertake to listen to his music, although it might possibly be unintentional. It’s full of clicks, crackles and thumps on top of the guitar and piano drones that form the only solid link to his previous LP; much more focussed this time on creating an ordered scattering of notes as opposed to a slow, drifting glide.

The connection between what you hear and what you read on the bandcamp page does seem stretched at first, but then Newlyn has never been one to make his motifs so obvious. For much of the EP, this link constructs itself by means of the small sounds: like a faint click of a pencil in an empty room. It’s an environment that’s very keen to confine these sharper, more solid sounds to a small space within this vast expanse of drones, forming a very studious atmosphere indeed.

‘Seance 17’ is slightly more obvious, with an omnipresent high-pitched whine that, along with some gentle sweeps of drone, works to disguise a soft male voice; much like a student’s urge to sleep making it difficult to concentrate in a lecture. The final line - and really the only audible segment of the track - of ‘they do nothing to change the heart’ extrapolates this by making you feel that you’ve missed something important. Instilling a kind of academic guilt: quite a disconcerting thing to feel from music.

As an album as at home with screeches and clicks as it is with drones, The Misspelled Numbers does remarkably well to be so peaceful. It’s like a slow, weekly routine, but one carried out with care, diligence and passion. Familiar to some, then, and easy to get lost in, this EP solidifies Newlyn’s place amongst the top ambient producers of the year.



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StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
October 4th 2012



2714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I apologise that this isn't an unfunny joke review.

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BigBlob
October 4th 2012



1613 Comments


apology accepted

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2012



3339 Comments


Nice review Jo(h)nny, have a pos. Don't really care for ambient personally (look at my damn username for crying out loud) but I have to appreciate the skill that goes into the making of it.

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
October 4th 2012



2714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If I find the effort in me, I'll take a stab at converting you ;)

CaptainDooRight
October 4th 2012



28321 Comments


Hey bro killer review. Pos'd

I've been seeing your name around and you seem to be a solid reviewer. I'm in the mood for some ambient so I'll prolly check this out and look into some of your older reviews as well.

Digging: IQ - The Road of Bones

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2012



3339 Comments


Sweet, I'll be looking forward to it

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
October 4th 2012



2714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice, thanks Cpn.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2012



9985 Comments


Convert Will, convert Will!!

Digging: Deniro Farrar - Rebirth

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
October 4th 2012



2714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Convert everyone!



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