I drive along a winding country road every weekday, going to and from work. Last December, I ended up stuck in traffic on that road in the dark, inching painfully slowly forward, with snow falling and thick flakes being caught in the headlights. ‘Under Blankets’ was playing. It was a perfect moment.
It’s a 40 minute long ambient piece of gentle swells and lulls, slow and soft, all rounded edges and muffled tones, and perfectly suited to a certain mood. Fraser McGowan, who is Caught in the Wake Forever (and also Small Town Boredom whose wonderful ‘Autumn Might Have Hope’ I have bought twice on vinyl)) is the finest crafter of melancholy (in its most positive sense) music working today. All of his releases are worth a listen, but this is a lovely, tranquil place to start.
(digital only – cd sold out long ago)