When it comes to creating powerfully spacious, enveloping ambience, few producers can match the output of Brock van Wey. For proof, check the San Francisco native's latest full-length, the intensely beautiful - and therefore arguably oddly titled - "Heartless". It's full of tracks dominated by swirling, reverb-laden aural textures. To begin with, these sooth but seem a little cluttered. Listen carefully, though, and you start to spot all manner of subtle musical touches buried within the dreamy audio soup. First time round, we detected neo-classical orchestral movements, half-heard delay-laden vocal snatches, softly spun piano solos and all manner of attractive synthesizer sequences. It is, then, an album that genuinely rewards repeat listens. Given that it's so beautiful, that's hardly a chore.
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