An Act of Love
Making music that sits somewhere between the worlds of Eno/Budd’s treated piano ambient records and the pulsing but meditative techno of Sasha/John Digweed (think Northern Exposure in particular) Earthen Sea’s gentle electronica is something of a bridge between the muted, ambient tones and the dub-influences of proto-techno/D’n’B.
Jacob Long is Earthen Sea – before that he was a bass player in punk and hardcore bands – that’s how he arrived at making this music, presumably, by tracing back the dub influences from punk and reggae and hardcore and applying them to this stately, tranquil version of techno/electronica.
It’s right in my dance-music wheelhouse, LTJ Bukem, the very early Pacific Heights, certain parts of the Aphex Twin catalogue, The Moritz von Oswald Trio, Northern Exposure and back to the Eno source – for want of a term, it’s the ambient techno that I have always gravitated to, at least across the last 25 years of my listening. The dulled gleam of this world wins me over every time, the waft and drift, the perfect spacing between crepuscular to noir with oscillations running across the shadow of the backbeat.
Consider this, too, a flipside to Burial’s rainy-streets-of-London after-dark grime. No hard edges here, the smoothed-off corners of a late-night/early-morning stroll rather…the sun just about to appear at the end of each tune.
Well, tune is maybe pushing it – these are really moods and modes, and therein the Eno influence is overt; synth textures creating an overlap between melody and rhythm.
A soft and subtle set of sound-paintings that works well as the soundtrack to your after-hours life, be it work, a stroll, relaxation across dining, drinking, reading…