Chris Watson

Stepping into the Dark

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A surprisingly listenable collection of environmental recordings sourced from the four corners of the world, Chris Watson's first release under his own name is a fascinating account of the sonorities to be found in nature's ceaseless performance. Instead of focusing on the potentially soothing and meditative, Watson presents such diverse settings as the South American rainforest, Kenya's Mara River, and Moray Firth in all their complicated, occasionally abrasive glory. Made by cabling ultrasensitive microphones over great distances, Stepping Into the Dark's 12 unedited cuts present nature in the raw, and stars a diversely musical cast (flies, tree frogs, moths, fishing bats, and the dense surge of heat through the awakening tropical forest).

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