subtractiveLAD ~ Wilderness
Album number nine for the LAD, who has also been trying his hand (and vocal chords) at singing, under his own name. He’s keeping subtractiveLAD and Stephen Hummel separate for the time being, although Wilderness emphasises the point that you don’t need lyrics to make a statement, you don’t need words to convey a message. Hummel’s dug out a fleet of analogue synths to sound as natural as possible, capturing the spirit of adventure found in journeying towards the unknown and the music certainly flies, seemingly boundless in its scope. subtractiveLAD has never struggled to make an epic statement with his music, and Wilderness is indeed suitably widescreen, although not meekly following in the footsteps of the analogue synth pioneers – the drums of “Pulled by the Stars” are enough to position Wilderness as a contemporary release. This is the sound of an artist at the height of his powers and the result is an ambitious yet wholly successful album.