Review Summary: "Don’t go expecting world wide domination, it ain’t gonna happen".- Cousin Silas.
David Hughes, born 7 May 1959, is an English musician and electronic music producer most notable for his ambient and drone music.
One of the most beautiful ambient releases I've had the pleasure of listening this year. The album title complements the music within perfectly: cold, sparse and delicate. I now just need my log fire.
There are many things that 'inspire' the music of Cousin Silas, but perhaps one of the most endearing is Winter. With this album, Silas reflects his deepest feelings and desires. Apart from the usual clichés of transformation, Silas takes the opportunity to show the memory from childhood with its association with Christmas.
If we look in the past for the exposition of the present date, we cannot settle for memorizing and repeating a holiday.
I feel that, with this album, i can really feel intimacy and rejoice at the same time. Specially with the track "The Slow Movement Of Winter Stars", which presents a beautiful organ without loosing that "dronie" vibe.
"Frozen Landscapes" allows the healing of all the wounds that this year inflicted upon us, and in case these wounds can't heal, "Village Church" comes in with some powerful hymns and choirs that will encourage a desolate heart to wrap it in a hug of warmth and tranquility.
Silas once said on an interview: "I often get an image, a place, or a location, usually remote or out of the way, and I try and convey that in the music. These images can be from memory, at work as I pass some place, a photo, or something on the tv or even in a book". And i am glad that he decided to give Christmas a chance.
Overall, i believe this is the best project of Cousin Silas.