THE LAKE: INSIDE PASSAGE
CD: Glass Throat Recordings 006 
Near The Horizon
Frail Sinking Spirit
the Lake, comprised of Dave Canterbury and Nicolas Lampert, offer an engulfing
ambient copse of tracks dark as they are dense on this, their debut album.
Like label mate, Ruhr Hunter, the duo mesh environmental recordings with
natural instruments, and kindly the animals incorporated in each track
find mention in the liner notes. While to the listener such fauna are
not notable by their recognizable aspects in nature they find warped and
undulated countenance at the hands of the twain.
Drones and noise, to be found in abundance in most dark ambient work is
not amiss in "Inside Passage", yet successfully the natural
world is encapsulated in their tracks. The oceans depths of ‘Water’
where chimes the bells of Debussy’s cathedral amidst a shouldering
butt of fathomless noise breaks surface in spumes of gurgling liquidity.
Continuing the elemental theme in 'Inside Passage' one can barely
discern the congeries of sampled whales that take on eerie isolation despite
layers the sonorous bellows and pealing that sound more like the ghosts
of slaughtered behemoths rotting at the bottom of the ocean than the graceful
mammals of the ocean. The third track, ‘Tree Descendent’
introduces solemn melody to oscillating tones of noise that surge in billowing
flourishes. From the low-fi drone of ‘Near the Horizon’
one is lulled into security with ‘Temporal Tributary’
that begins anent the former track to be wracked with flailing tentacles
of noise that whip from an uliginous pool. Reviving melodic strains of
sadness, ‘Kootna Hora’ reaches ever-skyward yet fails
in its ascent before the wreck of ‘Frail Sinking Spirit’
spasms on the surface of some vast, infernal tarn as it slowly succumbs
to hungry, dolorous waters. The final track, ‘Nature Devastated’
tabling some twenty of the seventy minute journey of Inside Passage is
a lengthy exposition in three movements over desolated forests and blasted
land, throbbing with the pulse of the earth.
Printed on card stock booklet and tray peppered with silvered scintillant
dust, dressed with desaturated semi-opaque visions of nature overlain
with humankind’s structures of rape. A four page booklet lists the
animals used in each track but for the most part text is as sparse as
the imagery itself. Beautifully presented.
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