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quicksails - silver balloons in clusters (12inch vinyl lp)


ARTIST // quicksails
LABEL // under the spire (uk)
CAT // spire046lp


As I sit here listening to this new vinyl-edition of Quicksails best work-to-date, I am thankful that Spring is upon us. "Silver Balloons in Clusters" is a joyous, cathartic romp of brilliantly-executed compositions. Quicksails is the solo moniker of excellent Tiger Hatchery's Ben Billington. While synthesizers are a central feature of the pieces on "Silver Balloons," where Billington really finds is voice through the careful layering of all sorts of divergent textures and sounds. This is far more than simply a 'synth record.' Considering he provides the percussive backbone to the aforementioned Tiger Hatchery, it's no surprise that with Quicksails he skillfully augments the synth passages with a spray of drums, cymbals, and who knows what else. Everything is highlighted and blurred in all the right places, adding considerable depth. Billington pieces together haunted, hollow shells and proceeds to fill them in a dizzying array of intricately connected sonic webs. It's a beautiful thing indeed. Special note of the fantastic cover art by David Russell Stempowski. - Brad Rose, Experimedia
Quicksails of the solo project of Tiger Hatchery percussionist, Ben Billington. Unlike his fierce work in Hatchery (or his staggering 90 minute solo percussion session for 905 Tapes) Billington indulges in synth and electronics as Quicksails. This is a vinyl issue of the tape for the Deception Island label and follows up a very cool tape on Cylindrical Habitat Modules.