August 17, 2011
Smyth – Senescence
In today’s world where most ambient tape releases are inspired by the depths of space or the distant future, Senescence stands out as an album whose focus is set squarely on the earth beneath our feet: its composition, its history, and its beauty. That Smyth is able to take these elements and convert them into music so wide-eyed and fascinatingly vast is certainly a credit to him and his ear for sound and texture. The eight pieces on Senescence work together and form an album with no discernable narrative or structure but one that still manages to leave a lasting and powerful impression. In other words, it’s a deeply spaced-out and down-to-earth tape.