Amp Studio ~ 'Unconscious Country' ~ CD album

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Amp Studio ~ 'Unconscious Country' ~ CD album

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Unconscious Country released on Fourth Dimensions Records, cat no: FDCD61 in 2000

Running time: 37.55

Track listing:

Lost (Parts 1-3)

Found (Parts 1-4)

(includes a download code for MP3 and WAV versions of the release)

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"A slightly unexpected but welcome follow-up to Syzygy, Unconscious Country finds Richard Walker from A.M.P. -- this time working with Guy Cooper, who provides bass and rhythm work to accompany Walker's guitar/keyboard efforts -- again exploring the reaches of shadowy sound. Like A.M.P.'s work in general, the emphasis is on extended efforts, with the disc split between two long tracks, "Lost" and "Found," each itself split into smaller parts, though the CD tracking doesn't give any indication as to where. The music itself makes for a good enough indication, though, as the sudden shift to looped beats and further crackling rhythms five minutes into "Lost" demonstrates. In contrast to Syzygy, Unconscious Country plays things a touch more straightforwardly, less inclined to sudden surprises and tweaks on the overall Amp sound and more interested in subordinating outside elements to the familiar approach. Everything is swathed in huge amounts of echo; tones and low rumbles constantly fill out the background of the music no matter what is upfront, and even at its most active, Unconscious Country is downright meditative in approach. Drums and programming are used to make the most obvious changes in the flow of the two songs, whether by their appearance or removal -- both pieces start out fairly calmly before the introduction of beats. But the semi-martial drums that herald the second part of "Found," for instance, are still dripping with reverb, and the high, sharp tones that accompany it similarly get intentionally lost in the chasms of sound Walker and Guy Cooper create. The addition of what sounds like a sax line (though it's a keyboard creating it) toward the end of "Found," rising up from seemingly endless depths, adds an intriguing final twist for this fine album."

Ned Raggett allmusic.com