I had a charming post all written up about this lovely new work by Philip Croaton, Easy on the test tube netlabel. There was some witty lines and I even re-listened to some of his earlier work on test tube that he had paired up with Ilia Belorukov, Still Fire and Un[view]mask[ed]. So I got my review done and decided to read the liner notes as test tube always does a great job with them. D’uh. Turns out Easy was originally released in 2008 as a CD-R, not really a new release. Damn. So all morning, I hemmed and hawed about what to do? Do I trash all my listening time because the album is 2 years old? Also, Easy came out back in July. Not reviewing an album I liked seemed quite draconian, I mean, Easy is good, really good.
Nine times out of ten, I’d label this work ambient, but there is something about Easy that doesn’t lend itself to the ambient sphere after many deep listens. Easy traps the listener with its gorgeous slowness. Pedro Leitão, the curator of test tube writes, “Every single bit of Easy sounds as if it was processed using very old, very vintage synthesizers and devices, giving it all a sense of Russian analogue production. You imagine rooms filled with wall-height electronic machinery working to produce all the sounds you hear.” Yes, that’s it, Easy this fullness, a beautiful fullness.