Feb 2012 05

Aidan Baker and This Quiet Army - OrangeAidan Baker and This Quiet Army
Category: Drone / Ambient
Album: Orange
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: An EP extended to album-length with only an EP’s worth of memorable music.


Canadian guitarist and ambient composer Aidan Baker calls his collaboration with Eric Quach This Quiet Army. And like the best ambient electronica, much of the music here is pleasantly quiet. Orange started as an EP released in 2007, and was then expanded to a full album with the inclusion of four additional tracks. However, stretching out the already obtuse form of ambient is rarely a good idea.

The most damning example of drone gone wrong is “Clockwork,” which has a pleasant airy background and an interesting low looping synth interlude, but most of the track is drowned out by long periods of tuneless fuzz and high-pitched sounds that grate through endless repetition. “Amplifier” also has a nice melody at its core that is overpowered by loud fuzz and a synth that sounds like a chugging engine.

The irritation caused by “Amplifier” is all the more disappointing due to an exceptional lead-in track, “Blood.” A soft and beautiful piano breaks through the wall of fuzz, with bursts of bright synth punctuating the gentle melody. “Crush” is another standout, with a strong main melody highlighted by a fluttering synth. The airy background and mild distortion mix well together to create a memorable mood.

There is a lot of strong music on Orange, but sometimes it’s made weaker by stretching out the good stuff to the point where it becomes unrecognizable. Maybe this was better off as an EP.
Track list:

  1. Agent
  2. Mandarin
  3. Clockwork
  4. Blood
  5. Amplifier
  6. Crush
  7. Glow
  8. Milk

Aidan Baker Website http://www.aidanbaker.org
Aidan Baker MySpace http://www.myspace.com/aidanbakermusic
Aidan Baker Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AidanBakerMusic
Aidan Baker Bandcamp http://aidanbaker.bandcamp.com
This Quiet Army Website http://www.thisquietarmy.com/tqa
This Quiet Army Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thisquietarmy
This Quiet Army Twitter http://www.twitter.com/thisquietarmy
This Quiet Army Bandcamp http://thisquietarmy.bandcamp.com
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