Grey Area

Grey Area (aka Alex Salter and friends) were fine purveyors of gently trippy downtempo electronica in the 90's and early 2000's, known to some in the Australian outdoor doof party scene for their soothing sets performed on festival chill stages.

artist:
Grey Area

country of origin:
Australia

style(s):
Experimental, psyambient, ambient techno, dub

decades active:
90's - 00's

essential releases:

  • Penumba (2002, Plusquam Records)
  • And Then The Clouds (2005, Waveform)

Reviewed by Mike G

Grey Area (aka Alex Salter and friends) were fine purveyors of gently trippy downtempo electronica in the 90's and early 2000's, known in the Australian outdoor doof party scene for their soothing sets performed on festival chill stages. Grey Area's early albums including the excellent Penumbra (2002) were generally unknown outside the psy underground but in later years the U.S. label Waveform Records gave the group some well-deserved global exposure with And Then The Clouds (2005), a best-off collection with a couple of new pieces added.

Salter makes some strikingly fresh and original music, often reaching beyond the familiar template of lush, dubby, upfront melodic grooves that usually define the psy-tinged chill genre. "Slowly" is a brilliantly eerie lo-fi soundtrack blending live bass guitar with electronic tones that seem to swoop and fly by at random. "Sadness Dub" and "Penumbra" boast muted, sensual melodies that tease and tickle your consciousness, while "Modular Drift" is a rather sweet piece of techno jazz. Both albums boast lots of smart touches and gentle quirks with barely a cliché in sight.

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