Oz introvert and shop favourite Mark Gomes returns with this exquisite ACHE of an album. Like many (a fair few more than were able to snag one of the 105 available copies eh), we were intrigued by last year's Influence on Dusk (self-released on his Greedy Ventilator private press), a spectacularly murky and monolithic effort which seemed to draw deep on the NZ tradition of stoic, shut-in drone a la K-Group or RST - in sound and bearing, it could've sat comfortably on Corpus Hermeticum circa 1998. But it was the more compact and fleet-footed The Music Lesson / Watcher At The Window 7", on I Dischi Del Barone, which reeled us in, its (slightly) brighter emotional palette and more melodic, mellifluous improvisations pointing the way towards Daughters of Time's elegiac calm.
Each of Daughters' short tracks were recorded straight to dictaphone with very little in the way of post-production, and their very liveness, the feeling of being captured in real space, rather than pulled from a computer, gives them a special grain and allure. But Gomes shows an equal facility for more electronic, typically European ambient strategies: tracks like 'Bonnie' and 'June' approximate, in their own wobbly way, the quasi-classical grandeur of Ekkehard Ehlers or Sturm. Don't get us wrong though, at heart this a DIY minimal synth record, every second of it saturated with haven't-left-my-bedroom-in-days psychosis - it just happens to be one of the most engrossing and engaging we've encountered in a long time. Especially recommended to anyone into Hour House, Tarquin Manek, Matthew Hopkins and the Kye/Penultimate axis of odd. Includes download card. Edition of 300.