For Those You Love part II (Doumen Records)
While music is just one outlet for American graphic artist, sound designer and composer Tyler Tadlock aka Spirituals, this exceptional EP/mini-album is no casual affair. Using cycling synth phrases, pensive piano figures, rich droning strings and found sounds, his instrumental music is fashioned with a remarkably deft touch. Not a single note or sound is wasted. Tonal and sombre, the album occupies a very personal space somewhere between ambient electronics and modern classical. The full title is For Those You Love Who Are Tormented Or In Pain – part 2 of a series – and it draws on his experiences with a friend’s cancer treatment specifically and the inequalities of American healthcare generally. Emotionally powerful but free of lazy sentiment, this is beautiful darkness with rays of hope.