Aidan Baker

Eye of Day

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Released as a CDR by the Omaha-based Foreign Lands label, Eye of Day shows once more how quickly guitarist Aidan Baker has matured into a first-rate experimental ambient improviser. This one is completely instrumental; Letters and I Fall into You, his previous solo efforts, also featured his poetry. Equipped with an electric guitar, an acoustic guitar, a bass, and an array of loops and effects, Baker summons to life droning beasts that will give you sweet nightmares. The album is comprised of three extended pieces. The 23-minute "Glauz Dnya" begins with a lot of tape hiss and the listener is left to decide whether it is intentional or not. Let's hope it is, but that amateurish impression dissipates quickly as we get sucked into the maelstrom of spinning guitar feedback. Time flies as the piece hypnotically changes its shape while remaining surprisingly the same. "Stehotvorenye Dlya Solntsa" (ten minutes) is downright ambient, lulling you to sleep while it hovers delicately in mid-air. But the highlight is "Pesnya Dlya Leah" (17 minutes), where Baker builds a beautiful soundscape of e-bowed notes, pedal-volume chords, noisy drones, and chiming sounds. Eye of Day may not be as impressive (or personal) as I Fall into You, but it still strikes the imagination and takes the listener on a satisfying aural journey somewhat reminiscent of vintage Maeror Tri.

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