Sceptre Fretpen :: PLUGH (Sparkwood)

PLUGH carefully unwraps (these) introspective, nuanced and alluring downtempo/ambient flurries. A soundtrack haven for questioning souls on this circular cosmic spot.

Delve into electrical fields and majestic strings, distilled beats and soft rhythms, PLUGH from Sceptre Fretpen at the helm. Somewhere between calm guitar flicks and downtempo streams, “Thin Abyss” elicits all that is tranquil and fluid in a long lost Campfire Headphase. Instruments ebb and flow in harmonious alleyways, at times elusive and curious, as noted on “In Odd Increments.”

What a captivating mini-album. It’s taken several weeks to unfold, but what is buried within is a symphony of detail, a subconscious conversation with sounds and images. Faded memories, as displayed on “Diamond Center,” opens a panoramic, far-reaching ambient ice-sheet that tethers odd noises to otherworldly shapes.

PLUGH is all the above, a mixture unlike any other, its focus on rolling together fragmented electronics, ambient burrows, shuffled instruments and subdued guitar melodics (ie. “Insects”). Sceptre Fretpen seamlessly allows the simplicity of air particles to pass through each piece. Sun-soaked and crafted with timeless musical layers, “The 8th Floor” unleashes a cavernous dark-ambient trove that baffles the mind, tickling the senses with its large-scale echo. Elsewhere vocal samples weave between sparse percussive notes (“The Year I Was Born”), in a short-lived but engaged eternal opuscule.

In all, PLUGH carefully unwraps these introspective, nuanced and alluring downtempo/ambient flurries. A soundtrack haven for questioning souls on this circular cosmic spot.

PLUGH is available on Sparkwood.

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