小学校の教師をしつつ音楽家として活動する米作家Ned Milligan主宰の良質レーベルFlorabelleの2019年タイトル。映画[Two Plains＆A Fancy]に触発され制作に至ったという、同レーベルから既にソロデビューしているJohn Atkinsonと、畑違いのHouseholdやIn Schoolといったバンドの一員としても活動しているTalya Cooperのデュオによるピュアなアンビエントミュージック。余計な要素は使わずシンプルにギター、シンセ、軽いボーカルだけでスローに構成した4曲入りアルバム。
Florabelle invites you to spend some time with Plains, an immersive album inspired by the open skies of the West.
Two Plains & A Fancy, the third film by Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn, was hailed by The New Yorker as “the most imaginative and visionary” Western of recent years and is now receiving a theatrical release. Central to the film’s atmosphere is its arid yet spacious score, a collaboration between Talya Cooper (previously of Household) and John Atkinson (of Aa), whose soundtrack for Asasin in Lege inaugurated Florabelle.
As an LP, Plains grows out of elements of the film’s original score, but it’s also very much its own thing—a quartet of glimmering, weightless pieces that, free from the need to score certain scenes of certain lengths, unfold and envelope at their own pace. Anchoring the album is the side-long “Chillien”, a delicate, harmonic bloom punctuated by the whirs and clicks of Cooper’s guitar and voice. Atkinson, taking control of the processed elements of composition, allows the b-side sequence to grow more expansive and dynamic with each track, maintaining an unmistakably warm glow. This is ambient music with an appreciable sense of landscape and scale.