ニューヨークで小学校の教師をしながら音楽家として活動、2015年にこのFlorabelleを設立し音盤リリースを始めたNed Milligan。良い感じに白昼夢的だった前作[Continental Burns]から約1年半ぶりに発表された2nd。アンビエントテイストが強めですが、やはり今回も明確になる部分まで持って行かず抽象的像で貫き通しています。非常に良い作品。限定100部。
Ned Milligan now presents his new album, Nature Always Needs Improving, building on the momentum generated by his admired third LP, Continental Burns. Echoing that album’s mode and structure, Nature Always Needs Improving offers a handful of tender, minimalist pieces before giving way to a spectral side-length conclusion. The deep intimacy of the album is enhanced by its process—primarily recorded outdoors on porches or in yards—and by the unpredictable interaction of incidental sounds with traditionally musical sound sources, especially resonant chimes.
The title of the album—a phrase originally found in a decades-old beauty ad—is presented as a statement but taken by Milligan with a healthy amount of skepticism. Musically, the idea is further considered in the contrast of untreated, in-situ recordings of chimes and kalimba with more heavily processed pieces comprised of interwoven overtones. At nearly twenty minutes long, “Sternal Sky,” the album’s finale, appropriately synthesizes what has come before in a gauzy, homespun glow.