Venn Rain
Diamond Dust


4.5
superb

Review

by RiffOClock USER (12 Reviews)
January 2nd, 2013 | 65 replies | 2,084 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Where the heart is.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

A year ago I predicted a dazzling rise to fame for the Venn Rain project, and 2012 sure solidified my expectations. Cymatic Symbols is attacking 10 votes as we speak and it won‘t be long before it gets discovered by an unsuspecting contrib and elevated to heights reserved only for the likes of Olafur Arnalds or Black Swan. Even at such a young age, the mastermind behind Venn Rain, Jimmy Billingham has already flooded the sputnik database with a multitude of quality releases, of which Diamond Dust won my heart hardest.

One hell of an opening paragraph, eh?

Emerging from the depths of Fadeaway Tapes where you will fail to find a single mediocre record, Diamond Dust plays its cards much like its numerous predecessors, namely last year‘s phenomenal Place In World. Lo-fi drones clash against an impenetrable wall of hazy ambient soundscapes and you have to wonder why the *** would anyone jam any other music in its stead. No wonder Jimmy's Place In World was released through a label called TRANQUILITY Tapes. But calling Diamond Dust a mere record would not do it justice. Yes, now comes the transcendence part. You see, the things people hear in Diamond Dust is what they want to hear. For me, Diamond Dust was the soundtrack to summer, when I blissfully let my worries go and my spirit entered a state of silent contemplation and happiness (it might have also had something to do with hitting the 100th scrobble of Starless that summer, but I won‘t go into that right now). Listening to this album at that time magnified my inner peace and painted beautiful soundcapes in my heart - the drones became young giraffes, galloping the dry ground. The gentle background glitches reflected the sound of their hooves viciously striking the beaten earth, the lo-fi was the dust that emanated from those movements, and the ambient was the landscape which made this whole miracle possible. For others, the record may transform into ocean waves rippling through your ear-and-other holes, or an autumn storm slowly approaching on the horizon. Diamond Dust is what we make it to be.

Diamond Dust is you.



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MO
January 2nd 2013



17357 Comments


last sentence is 2 deep, nice write up

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RiffOClock
January 2nd 2013



779 Comments


thanks man im rly gettin into this reviewing thing, more reviews may follow!1!

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YankeeDudel
January 2nd 2013



9291 Comments


you're a mean lean sputnik reviewing machine

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MO
January 2nd 2013



17357 Comments


the man lost his comments, needs to get back something

mindleviticus
January 2nd 2013



7938 Comments


This and cymatic cymbols are wonderful. Nice job, riff.

DeafMetal
January 2nd 2013



8584 Comments


excellent review adam, ilu

for me diamond dust is a blissed out springtime experience, fleeting and flickering and crisp

i imagine myself as the white speckling cast against the crackled brilliant blue of a robin's egg

ps came out on fadeaway not tranquility but who carez ;3

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2013



17339 Comments


listened to cymatic cymbols today gotta check this

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RiffOClock
January 2nd 2013



779 Comments


damn i just assumed that it was tranquility coz place in world

not gona fix :D

DeafMetal
January 2nd 2013



8584 Comments


yea who cares

jimmy damn billingham shouts out tho ufeelme?

RiffOClock
January 2nd 2013



779 Comments


my conscience wouldnt let it go. fixd

RiffOClock
January 2nd 2013



779 Comments


should i ask for a feature???? the release date doesnt matter the mods think i made up this band anyway

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2013



17339 Comments


how do you like having your hopes and dreams crushed?

DeafMetal
January 2nd 2013



8584 Comments


i prefer having my genitals crushed hype

RiffOClock
January 2nd 2013



779 Comments


its already happened to me when gyro came back from hiatus i think i can take it

RiffOClock
January 2nd 2013



779 Comments


any emotion not last.fm related???

DeafMetal
January 2nd 2013



8584 Comments


hahahhah

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
January 2nd 2013



23643 Comments


haha nice one

I liked Cymatic Cymbols, would you say this is better than that one?

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RiffOClock
January 2nd 2013



779 Comments


theyre both pretty much tied for me, cymbols is more enchanting whereas this is more hypnotic :S the rest of his 2012 output is also good but these two are easily the standouts

CaptainDooRight
January 2nd 2013



26409 Comments


swee


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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
January 2nd 2013



23643 Comments


hypnotic vs. enchanting

hmm

hmmmmm


HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMm

will report back with my findings



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