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Perception (bliss out v​.​4)

by Amp

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As the band's contribution to the Darla label's continuing Bliss Out series, which encourages artists to record efforts more or less in line with that general sense of moody modern psychedelia, Amp came up with what is flat out one of the greatest atmospheric ambient albums ever recorded. Powerful and beautiful all at once, Perception consists of four lengthy tracks over two discs, all of which were recorded in a one-day session by key member Richard and early sidemember Gareth, then later remixed and prepared for release. The day itself was a wet one, so a recording of rain heralds the beginning of the album, leading into the title track, a majestic combination of guitar drones, buried feedback, keyboard echoes and pure, pure float and drift, completely eschewing percussion of any sort. The three other songs follow almost exactly in this same general pattern, but far from being repetitious, they all sound like variants on a basic, awe-inspiring theme. It's the type of music that invites the kind of flowery critical descriptions used in the heyday of shoegazing -- "oceanic swells of feedback" and so forth -- which for once sound utterly appropriate instead of being metaphors gone berserk. Various extra touches, like the inclusion of Gregorian chanting on "Receive," enhance the hushed, affecting quality of Perception, making it a very English form of dark blue sonic art, the type of music to soundtrack a night on the moors or a day in the fog. In sum, wonderful.

Ned Raggett - All Music


released November 18, 1997

Artwork – Ampart
Sound Advice – Karine, Guy and Andy
Improvised By Richard and Gareth
Recorded and Produced By – Richard Amp
Written-By – Amp/Mitchell

Published by Van Steene Music/Kobalt/ Copyright Control

Careful how far you let yourself drift -- we have encountered difficulties 'returning' from this one.
Improvised and recorded on Monday, 3rd February, 1997, out of the rain. Subsequently re-worked at A.M.P. Studios in fairer weather.
© AMP 1997



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Amp is an electronic post rock band formed by Richard F. Walker (aka Richard Amp) in 1992, after a 2 year hiatus Amp resurfaced with French vocalist Karine Charff, and a succession of floating collaborators.

MC Strong:
"Occupying musical territory somewhere between shoegazing and the Bristol 'Trip Hop' sound, AMP had created a work of sweeping soundscapes, echoing ambience and waves of feedback."
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