Reviews – Ten – East Of The Elm EP (Self-Released, 2012)

Ten – East Of The Elm EP

Genre: Folk / Ambient / Experimental

Rating: 3.8 out of 5

Much like its predecessor (2010 Lowlands EP), “East Of The Elm” by Leeds duo Ten  is a collection of melancholy-tinged ambient, perhaps best suited as a backdrop for observation of sunsets and various natural phenomena.

And much like on “Lowlands” , Ten doesn’t shy away from demonstrating their chops and throwing everything but the kitchen sink into the mix – from  glockenspiel to  piano.

For all the diversity of instrumentation and moods, however, only the title track and “Heart Beat” manage to capture an essence of Ten’s approach – an ocean of sound that you wouldn’t mind drowning in.

The remaining three tracks, which run a gamut from Hearts of Space-like extravaganza (“Paper Fragments”) to soothing guitar numbers (“Little Tree Big Heart”),  make for a good, but non-essential listening.


For fans of: Hearts Of Space, Brian Eno, Kranky, Rocket Girl

Listen/buy: Bandcamp

Highlights: East Of The Elm, Heart Beat



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