Aidan Baker

I Will Always and Forever Hold You in My Heart and Mind

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Originally released in a limited-edition CD-R run in 2007, then reissued on full CD three years later, I Will Always and Forever Hold You in My Heart and Mind finds Nadja's main force concentrating on some of his most flat-out beautiful work yet in any form. Instead of massive skullcrush feedback echo, the 12-part composition -- each part titled after the appropriate word in the album name itself, flowing into the next without a break -- consists of all-instrumental performances centered around core guitar loops. If the general approach has been an increasingly familiar one in the world of electric guitar and ambience since Robert Fripp and Brian Eno first sat down together, the individual flair is what remains key; Baker's own overt love of shadowy atmospherics and mood as part and parcel with performance gives the entire album its own sense of elegance. Sometimes the emphasis is almost on pure tone, as on the three-minute "And" with a subtle rhythm underpinning the extended, sweet drones; at other times it can be the interaction of contrasting elements, like the tight guitar clip looped on "You" that steadily cuts across the otherwise calm flow.

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