Cody Wilson is the one-man act called Deplacer. He creates soothing, creative ambient sounds on his album Songs for the Blue Room. Fans of Brian Eno and Keith Fullerton Whitman will appreciate this album as the notes are far and between with a lot electronic noodling and experimentation to fill the gaps. The songs are often long continuous vessels of sounds that flicker with anomalies of imperfection. Each song is unique containing its own set of sounds and textures. Some are better than others but for the most part these songs are well done and will be appealing to fans of the genre. The album is long and I would be right in saying that the artist did not intend for the listener to listen to this in one sitting.
The first track is one of the strongest. “Melting” is filled with warm pads that reign supreme throughout the song as what sounds like random fluxuations are introduced. It’s the type of song you would listen to with your eyes closed and zone out, probably beneficial for meditating. “Civils” had more of my attention. The song was engaging and varied enough between the low -end and electronic loops that I was actively listening. Hands down this is one of the better songs on the album. While the next track “Thinner” wasn’t my favorite, I did enjoy the track after that called “Polaroid.” It sounded as if far off piano notes were being played from a mountain while warm pads barely floated into the air. Some other notable pieces were “Sleeping” and “Barely.” Wilson is a young man starting things off on the right foot but needs a lot of improvement. He has displayed in this album that he has a good foundation and will most likely only improve in time.
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