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Species

Bing & Ruth

Species

Fourth album from the Brooklyn-based minimalist/ambient project led by pianist David Moore

ADM rating[?]

7.1

Label
4AD
UK Release date
17/07/2020
US Release date
17/07/2020
  1. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Backed by fellow Bing & Ruth founder members Jeremy Viner and Jeff Ratner on clarinet and double bass, Moore’s fascination with the Farfisa organ creating the bulk of the mesmerism as it oscillates in the slow bloom of opener ‘Body in a Room’ and drives the lapping melodies of the 13-minute long ‘Live Forever’
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  2. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Many of the characteristics of his music are still here – contemplation, stillness, poignancy – but the way in which they are coloured on Species makes it stand apart from its predecessors
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  3. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    By scaling down Bing & Ruth manage to expand their sound even further
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  4. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Species takes its listeners on a lo-fi interstellar journey.
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  5. 7.0 |   Pitchfork

    The minimalist composer trades his usual chamber ensemble for the comparatively monochromatic tones of the Farfisa organ
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  6. 7.0 |   All Music

    "The Pressure of This Water" stays afloat for ten minutes, but as weightless as it sounds, it's a balancing act that requires much discipline, like all of Bing & Ruth's work
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  7. 7.0 |   Uncut

    An intoxicating, instrumental tribute to the wheezing Farfisa organ; propped up only by the clarinet and double bass. Print edition only

  8. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Although the listener doesn't expect dynamics in this kind of music, there is little variation in either its colour and timbre. Print edition only

  9. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    Species can make for an exceptionally trance-inducing listen if you have it in you to push past the monotony
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