ALBUM REVIEW: Oliver Coates – skins n slime | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 16.10.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

On his last album, 2018’s Shelley’s On Zenn-La, cellist and producer Oliver Coates created intricate beat-oriented electronic soundscapes. Skip forward a couple of years and Coates is in a very different musical space. His new album skins n slime thoroughly bathes in distortions and drones, creating thickened walls of sound that both encapsulate and encompass his evocative cello playing.

It can sometimes feel oppressive, but there are moments of light, including Philomela Mutation (from the short film The Bird Game) and closer Soaring X, where Malibu’s contemplative spoken word once again accompanies languid melodies. If you were drawn in by Coates’ previous work, skins n slime may sometimes prove challenging, but there are still moments of beauty to be found amongst the noise.

 

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