Brian Geiger aka Lodge Park is 15 years old – yes you read it right. He makes immersive ambient music that could be compared to bands like Windy and Carl and even some of the ambient pieces you may hear from a band like Godspeed! You Black Emperor. The compositions sound incredibly organic. You don't get anything that sounds like it is coming from presets in Ableton or Reason but rather field recordings, feedback loops, resonance from inanimate objects and so on.
The self-titled album Lodge Park starts out with what in my opinion is the most beautiful song on the album called “Sleep.” It covers you in the softest of tones and instills a sense of stillness. The piano is so sparse and covered with so much reverb it feels like its being played in last night’s dream. I would have enjoyed the song with vocals or without them but to be honest I felt that the vocals detracted from this song and others as well. Geiger sings in such a hushed tone it sounds as if he is a ghost and has barely enough energy to finish the words.
The second song “Stir” still has some beautiful overtones but is also more haunting than the first song. Distant sirens and pianos create a ghostly layer of sound that Geiger moans over. “Night” takes an even darker tone that feels like a vortex of vacuous energy that is being held in a container. Distorted nose envelops most of the frequencies as a steady kick drum creates a small sense of cohesion. “Cedar” reverts back to some of the beauty of the first song creating a sense of distance as if you are remembering something from a dream. The album closes with the nine-minute titled track “Lodge Park.” It combines his dark tendencies and aesthetic to create a sense of peace. HIs vocal style doesn't change much but is completely fitting for the song.
After listening to this album it is hard to believe Geiger is only 15. It’s far from perfect but it is incredibly deep for someone that age. Keep your eye on this one.
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