Bell refers to the sounds on Now I'm Shedding, his first release as Shedding on the Home Tapes imprint. During the course of the disc's 23 minutes, Bell's explorations herd together ambient, pop and avant-garde to forge a pleasingly uncommon euphony. The music of Shedding is the music of dreams: The sounds Bell creates are otherworldly, but they teeter between the nonlinear and the familiar, like sonic déjà vu. It sounds as if the near-beats and bleats aspire to cohesion, but Bell reroutes them before they arrive, disallowing the orgasmic fusion they so desire. Vocal samples fall in and out of the mix in half-sentences, expressing the incomplete desires of incomplete ghosts. Bell accomplishes all of this without the slightest hint of pretense, like a young god at play, bouncing concepts around before giving final form to his universe.
Ambient music is not typically the most exciting thing to see performed in a live setting, but it should be a joy to see the spirited exuberance of Bell's uncommonly euphonious experiment emanating directly from the man himself.
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