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Jim Coleman, Trees
Wax & Wane Records

01/17/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



1/17/2013 - I’ve been meaning to mention this ambient instrumental record for a while, one of 2012’s more pleasant surprises. Warning signs for straights are everywhere, and not just because it’s an all-instrumental album: Coleman was in Cop Shoot Cop after studying experimental cinema, and there are all sorts of connections to the Swans, all of which could put people off — see, if you want to sit and think about rain and puppies, your choice of ambience typically won’t involve cutting-edge New Yawkers getting all weird in your earbuds. So I let this one go the distance, expecting Jarboe or some other creepy person to stumble into the mix and crank up the crazy, but it never happens. It’s a series of serene cello-and-sample fugues, evoking, well, trees and wilderness, peaceful stuff that occasionally leans into Asian and Middle Eastern sounds.  “This could definitely work as yoga class come-down music,” I came to opine, and then I read the bio (I don’t always do that, you know) and there ya go, this guy has done soundtrack work for PBS, HBO, all those guys. Pensive but never a bummer. Really nice.





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