Cranefield is a one man band that comes to us from Seattle, Washington. Nick Waters, the sole member, has previously released work under his name, is looking forward to releasing new work under a new name as a fresh start for his fresh sounds. Written, recorded, mixed and mastered all by himself using a DAW (digital audio workstation,) Waters recorded Alterspectrum experimented with effects and sounds to create a dreamier, more psychedelic sound than his previous work.
Alterspectrum begins with “World of Mirrors,” a soft-rock, almost outer-space like, introspective track. The reflective track is electrically-textural, using synthetic noises to keep the listener intrigued,
“Stains” starts off with a bubbly, raindrop-like sound, leading into higher, soothing vocals with horns that interestingly work with the ambient track. It includes the heavier, distorted guitar that gives it that rock edge.
The next track that I found to be the most captivating “Castle Shade” is a softer, slow textural ride. The song has a darker subject matter lyrically, but instrumentally and texturally is so light it almost sounds like a happier track. The song is very self-accepting, poetically written and beautifully sung.
“Journey to the Sun,” the final track on Alterspectrum, is an electrified version of a ‘70s groove-rock song. This winding, rock-ambient track wraps up Alterspectrum beautifully, as it exemplifies the work we’ve seen in the previous eight tracks.
Altrespectrum is consistent in sound, yet it demonstrates creativity an originality musically. It is a groovy, ‘70s inspired album, and I am looking forward to hearing more from Cranefield in the future. Recommended.
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