REVIEW: ‘Shimmer’ by Gavin Miller

I suppose it’s okay to give this fine release the nebulous tag of “post-rock”, insomuch as it has loopy processed guitars and drones and some organ and semi-Gothic piano, and progressions that might vaguely resemble the quieter passages done by more adventurous rock bands like Pink Floyd or Sigur Ros over the last 50 years.

Whatever you call it, UK composer Gavin Miller’s haunting new mini-album Shimmer – released on the Sound In Silence label –  is a study in conciseness. At just 23 minutes it neither drags nor rushes. It’s six distinct movements segue naturally from one to the next, and then it’s over and you want jump on again…and again. This is right up there with the exquisitely layered guitar-based loops of Belgian sound sculptor Stratosphere (check out his 2016 album Rise to hear what I mean).

Technically this is an e.p, but at a time when the album format is supposedly in decline, Shimmer’s clarity and purpose makes a beautiful case for its preservation. As ever with albums, it doesn’t matter if it’s long or short; it only matters that it’s good. This is 23 minutes of pure goodness.

PS: beware the gaps between tracks on the Bandcamp stream – your can hear it seamlessly on on Spotify.


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