Richard Skelton ‘These Charms May Be Sung Over A Wound’ (Phantom Limb)

With over 50 releases under his belt since his 2004 debut, experimental composer Richard Skelton is not only astonishingly prolific, but he’s also sonically progressive. Having gradually distilled his early strings/piano/acoustic approach, ‘These Charms…’ is a marked advance into electronic hues. Steeped in darker, vaguely industrial frequencies and drones – opener ‘The Viscid Substance’ brings to mind Abul Mogard/Stars Of The Lid – this austere, textural soundscape is a thing of unmitigated beauty, arguably your man’s most resonant and intense work to date. 

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