EERIE GAITS- ‘Holopaw’

That cover art is worth a thousand words. On his second outing as Eerie Gaits, erstwhile Wild Pink frontman John Ross employs babbling brook bass, warm breeze synths, hazy atmosphere, and soft ambience that settles like a mist. If Ross already seemed to revel in the majesty of the wilderness during his day job, these nine instrumental tracks find him trying to disappear completely and let nature sing instead. ‘Out in the Tall Grass’ turns a field recording of crickets into a glimmering swell that sounds like running water or static electricity or maybe both at the same time, ‘Loisaida’ is low tempo almost-folk for watching clouds go by, and ‘Oia’ lets in a little gloom, like dusk draining to night. With a patient pace, subtle details, and few breaks between tracks, this’ll be too delicate for some- it makes the brooding serenity of 2017’s ‘Bridge Music’ seem positively brash- but ‘Holopaw’ is beautiful.

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