Review: Adrian Shenton - The Measuring of Moments (2008)


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artist: Adrian Shenton
release: The Meas­ur­ing of Moments
format: CDr
year: 2008
label: Quiet World
dur­a­tion: 44:42

detailed info: dis​cogs​.com

Welsh ambient/drone artist Adrian Shenton is a new name for me, and this full-length album on Quiet World is the intro­duc­tion. It took me a while to get into The Meas­ur­ing of Moments, but once I did, it revealed many of its subtler points to me.

The ten tracks on this album mostly stand alone in terms of sound and atmo­sphere, rather than form­ing a con­tinu­ous whole. Each is based on a par­tic­u­lar com­bin­a­tion of dif­fer­ent sounds, drones, effects, and synths, which makes the over­all sound quite var­ied. All in all, I was never exactly blown away by the album, but I must say it is a pleas­ant listen­ing exper­i­ence with a lot to dis­cover if you give it some time.

I’m par­tic­u­larly fond of the serene but mys­ter­i­ous open­ing track, as well as the calmly pulsat­ing “Good Man­ners”. I’m sure any lover of ambi­ent and drone music will find some­thing to their lik­ing here, as with all Quiet World titles thus far. Not access­ible enough for the unini­ti­ated, but with enough con­tent to please patient listen­ers.

Reviewed by O.S.

Track­list:

1. Good Morn­ing ( 5:42)
2. Decision (3:38)
3. Per­sist­ence (4:18)
4. Sky Gaz­ing (2:14)
5. Tol­er­a­tion (1:42)
6. Expect­a­tion (4:32)
7. Good Man­ners (4:57)
8. Self Con­fid­ence (3:46)
9. Sky Gaz­ing 2 (6:11)
10. Good­night (7:43)