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Blooming

by AMULETS

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Eric Petersen
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Eric Petersen Here the Voices come in waves. Delicate choirs surge over screams of distortion. These songs dance like the sea. In The New Normal squeaks become violins become a chamber. I love that development. This is deep music to rest in as you review your life.
Favorite track: The New Normal.
humanhoodfan
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humanhoodfan if oval made a black metal album it would be this album Favorite track: Blooming.
Sjeezel
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Sjeezel Bought this straight after watching the content on RoadburnRedux. Awesome.
Pedech
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Pedech Blooming is an artwork due to the ubiquitous ambient sounds with an organic character  controlled throughout the full album.
' Collapse in Memory' is my favorite track , where reversed samples  performs a crescendo stereo dance, panning in the  sonic character of the song. Favorite track: Collapse in Memory.
Zach
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Zach A precarious balance of melody and dissonance -- chaos and order. Music formed from the harmony of nature and the madness of man. Truly extraordinary music. Favorite track: Heaviest Wait.
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The prolific, Portland-based Randall Taylor is an audio/visual artist best known for his musical project, Amulets. Taylor’s work uses analog tape and its imperfections to explore themes like degradation and nostalgia and their relationship to technology and to the self. By constructing and modifying tape loops and repurposing antiquated cassette players, Taylor creates dense, never-ending, looping soundscapes for both his live performances and sculptural sound art installations.

Taylor's new album, Blooming, was fully written and recorded in quarantine in his home studio in early 2020. His personal life was in upheaval as was the world around him — the isolation, sadness and change had Taylor missing “… what it felt like to feel alive and the need to feel that again,” he says. With widespread global pandemic and social distancing protocols in effect, Taylor would go on solo daily walks to clear his head and was struck by all of the blooming flowers surrounding him during springtime in Portland. Within that beauty came his realization that nothing lasts forever and that everything is cyclical — ultimately resulting in themes of growth, decay, melancholy and beauty inherent throughout Blooming. Taylor says that the songs on the record became a part of his processing and journey, blossoming into a new life and outlook. "It was a very moving and cathartic experience to genuinely express and record all of my emotions during such a weird time, while also reflecting the anxiety and isolation the world was also feeling,” he comments.

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released April 2, 2021

Mixed and mastered by Nicholas Wilbur.

Artwork by Eric Nyffeler.

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AMULETS Portland, Oregon

Amulets is the solo project of Portland-based audio + visual artist Randall Taylor. Amulets employs handmade cassette tape loops and live processed guitar loops to create live, lush soundscapes and immersive drones. Through the recontextualisation of cassettes, sampling, field recording, and looping, these long-form compositions blur the genres of ambient, drone, noise, and electronic music. ... more

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