Originally released by Oslo based label 'Koppklys' in 2012.
Artwork by Richard PJ Lambert
Adam Beckley, a man who loves grainy, atmospheric music. I have no idea what he uses, be it guitars, be it synth, or maybe field recordings, in his four pieces he adds a fair amount of effects to obscure matters, cloud them, hide them and part erase them and make a drone trip, a cosmic journey of half dream, half sleep music.
The treasure is in the details, as Adam's opaque meditative hymns are comprised of a myriad of textures and shapes that make for an enriching listening experience. In some sections it is unabashedly warm and embracing, while other tracks are more solemn.
Guide Me Little Tape
Blank Screens Of Hope on Koppklys, stand tall as examples of how to create spontaneous and exciting headphone music. Immense washes of melodic cut and paste, frayed around the edges, and then balanced against slight and indiscernible noise and movement. Moments range from emotional and crowded to menacing and sparse. Aside from snatches of guitar work, identifying the instrumentation present is difficult, allowing the listener to interpret the sound as a complete and whole experience. The title track absolutely steals the show for me, and sounds like music that ought to be played as your life flashes before your eyes and all the good things you ever did come racing back in a single moment, or something like that. Powerful stuff.
Microphones In The Trees
Since it starts to sound 'blank screens of hope', from the first second, you know that you are before something very special. Suddenly I find a feeling similar to that of the music of Former Selves, a feeling of happiness and refuge, of familiarity, of immediate harmony. (Original review in Spanish)