AOTY 2021

The Densest Fog

Concrete Castles - The Densest Fog
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Based on 20 ratings
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November 20, 2021 / Release Date
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Ambient / Genres
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An unexpected turnaround from the last LP "Follow Me (Forget Me)" from a couple of months ago and I'd say this was way more of what I like to hear. Concrete returns with a soft piano ambient album which all flows so beautifully and interestingly that I never got bored but was enjoying the moments with this album. I was certainly surprised how much I like the long 12-minute track, "blanketing the horizon as it slowly wakes up", which went by so fast I was just in awe of it ... read more
For the past 8 Concrete Castles albums, I decided to create fictional "concepts" for them, simply because I had nothing else to write them about. Nah, this album is just piano instrumentals, and that's it!

The Densest Fog is an ambient album, constructed using piano with layers of effects. All of the songs were improvised on one take. (I did a bunch of takes during the past months, some from 2020 as well, and picked the best ones) Hope you like it, and let me know what you think. ... read more
In a number of ways The Densest Fog is Concrete Castles' simplest album. Putting aside the concepts that made their way on to many of their previous projects, this record is simply a collection of 8 piano-led tracks. Each piece was performed in a single take, with the only additions to the piano being the use of effects. Some effects bounce the notes around your head, or spread them into mist and cloud, others take what you've just heard and throw them back at you arranged completely in ... read more
Back at it again for the third time this year!

Concrete Castles' work ethic has been crazy but how does "The Densest Fog" rank amongst his recent musical adventures?

Well, I'd say that whilst "The Densest Fog" is far from the ambitious and rewarding experience that my favorite project of Concrete Castles, "Onanon" was, it certainly does seem like a comfortable shift as opposed to some of the other stylistic detours Castles has taken.

At this point, every time ... read more
I think Concrete's forte is when it comes to ambient stuff (dark ambient is manky) and that's about it.
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Track List

  1. t/he de/nse/st fo/g
  2. shiny key/s
  3. black key/s
  4. a haze falls on the sun
  5. blanketing the horizon as it slowly wakes up
  6. subdividing the rays into beacons of light
  7. crackles and pops
  8. (excerpt from) white key/s
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Added on: September 27, 2021