Pausal is the audio and visual art project of Alex Smalley and Simon Bainton, both from Hampshire, UK. "Sky Margin" continues their exploration of combining mostly acoustic sound sources (instruments, field and vinyl recordings) with digital and guitar pedal processing. Although somewhat lighter in tone than it's emphatic predecessor, it once again sees the drier and noisier textures rising to the forefront whilst retaining much of the reverb-heavy drone based elements that have consistently marked their work. They have performed across the UK and in Europe supporting artists such as Grouper, Mountains, Stars of the Lid, Chihei Hatakeyama and Greg Haines.
Behind its apparent down-to-earth construction, Along The Mantic Spring hides unsuspected details and qualities that will take several listening sessions to reveal.
The stretched guitar sounds, the organ-like layers and the oneiric touches of strings, mixed with an ubiquitous reverberation, turn this release into a warm and regenerative wind coming from the southern lands.
This album has the optimistic and bright aura of the sunrise caressing our skin and waking our senses in an april morning. Dotflac