Seawind of Battery’s Clockwatching is a moving ambient country record that makes you feel as though you’re floating through a sunrise daydream.
The inaugural release of Island House Recordings, Clockwatching finds Mike Horn (of Goldkey and Sunblinders) conjuring up cosmic Americana atmospheres rich in both melancholia and the peace of secluded nature.
Throughout the tape’s seven tracks, Horn lays out beds of loops and drones, often from a reverberating lap steel, and then cuts through that echoey mist with softened electric and acoustic guitars. Each tune has a warm dream-like quality that fills you with a prevailing sense of wistfulness. Songs like the haunting title track and the lazily pastoral “Above the Waves” sound like the musical embodiment of pure nostalgia.
If you like music that reminds you of good times that are long past or morning dew-covered mountains and star-filled skies (like I do), then this is the album for you. Click here to preorder it today. (I believe 25 cassette copies will become available this Friday, so keep an eye out for those!)