The second album by Anzio Green, my collaboration with Mark Streatfield (Zainetica/Cyan341), A Day Without Distance is out 2nd December 2013 on Rednetic.
Anzio Green arrive on Rednetic after their debut release ‘Autumn Honey’ on Symbolic Interaction (Funckarma, The Retail Sectors).
After the debut release where Wil and Mark worked on their parts separately in New Zealand and the UK, the new album removes that distance. Working in Wil’s studio in Liverpool the pair drew on their love of late 80s/early 90s guitar music Lush, The Cure, Slowdive, Jesus and Mary Chain and Snub TV. Clear evidence of this can be heard on the track Fall Down with vocals by Kate Tustain (Laska and collaboratively as Innerise), the nearest to Pop rednetic has ever been. As a counterbalance to the liaison with pop there are more experimental tracks such as Tall Grass and End of an Error with a nod to acts such as Tim Hecker and Fennesz.
While the first album was very much of a New Zealand vibe this is very much the UK, with London and Liverpool playing a major role. Only the last track “Never Go Back” returns to NZ, with the foundations beginning one evening close to Tennyson Inlet in the north of the South Island, completing the journey that began with the first album.
Released by Rednetic Recordings on digipack CD, in an edition of 100, 2 December 2013.
Written and produced by Wil Bolton & Mark Streatfield.
Vocals on Fall Down by Kate Tustain.
Mastered by Wil Bolton.
“Electronic duo Anzio Green offer their latest full-album effort titled ‘A Day Without Distance’, featuring lush electronic melodies that at times can relax and other times get you out of your seat. The overall album is one that suggests a lot of creative elements at play, and certainly a lot of creativity on Anzio Green’s part in terms of song-writing and structure. For the most part, the result is an album that is enjoyable, fun and interestingly paced. It seems to be an album with both conventional and unconventional methods, though not so unconventional to the point of being confusing and maddening.
There’s a lot present on ‘A Day Without Distance’ that is simply enjoyable. Musically the band presents a fair amount, ranging from ambient electronic tracks that have a relaxing nature to them, to vocal-dominated pop-orientated electronic music that offers an interesting range in terms of musical styles on the album. What’s interesting is how Anzio Green manage to present a fair amount of styles and yet keep it all running smoothly, with no bumps or hiccups along the way. There’s even some nice experimentation by Anzio Green who attempt some rather unconventional ideas and manage to present them all in a way that is enjoyable. The whole album even seems to defy conventional genre classification from time to time. It is perhaps an electronic record, but there’s much more at play than just typical electronic ideas.
Where ‘A Day Without Distance’ goes a little wrong though is how there doesn’t seem to be much variety in terms of the actual sound being presented by Anzio Green. As songs progress from one to another, dynamics and styles chance somewhat, but the bare sound present on the record doesn’t deviate much from each song. Perhaps Anzio Green have attempted to deploy varying styles in a similar sounding way to each other, but it seems at fault on the record, with the result being an album that sounds like one continuing track that changes in dynamics from time to time.
The overall album may have its flaws here and there, but there’s enough present on ‘A Day Without Distance’ to make it an enjoyable record that seems to be a step away from more conventional artists (which works in the bands favour). The overall album easily works as a whole album experience, but there’s also an element of different tracks easily working on a standalone basis for different situations or moments. Anzio Green might have slipped up here and there on ‘A Day Without Distance’ but enough of the album works to showcase their talents and styles, and certainly show off what they can do with varying genres. 4/5.” – The CD Critic
“Right after the light-hearted opener soundscape “Morning Tea”, “A Day Without Distance“ takes a somewat unexpected turn: “Fall Down” (with vocals by Kate Tustain) is a mysterious pop-oriented track that reminisces the sound of the 4AD label (or This Mortal Coil, to be more specific) in the mid-80′s.
After this track one would expect more ‘ambient-pop’ like this, but surprisingly the album takes a fairly radical turn into more experimental soundscapes.
But – even though Kate Tustain’s vocals are not reappearing – it never loses touch with the ‘accessible’ side. This is obviously what International DJ Magazine meant when they described the Rednetic label as “the subtle marriage of the adventurous with the accessible”.
Anzio Green is the collaboration between Mark Streatfield (New Zealand) and Wil Bolton (UK). “A Day Without Distance“is their second album.
They both bring their own background influences: “While the first album was very much of a New Zealand vibe, this is very much the UK, with London and Liverpool playing a major role”.
Being neither from New Zealand nor from London or Liverpool, it’s hard for me to pinpoint those geographical properties to the music – but atmospheric this music definitely is!
“A Day Without Distance“ presents many different moods and clearly demonstrates both Streatfield and Bolton’s experience and their ability to create different moods and atmospheres without becoming ‘arty for the sake of it’.
With the inclusion of “Fall Down” at the beginning, it may seem the album cannot really determine its definite course, as if it cannot choose between ‘ambient pop’ or more abstract ‘sound-art’.
But the balance is restored with introducing rhythm tracks in “Thunderstorm” and “Sorry for all the Mistakes”, and ultimately the album manages to combine the best of both worlds. For this, it might be a perfect introduction of ‘ambient’ music for listeners that aren’t really familiar with the genre yet. In a way the instrumental tracks of This Mortal Coil did in their time.
But for real ‘ambientheads’ this is a most rewarding album too – maybe because it also links back to the real world down below…” – Ambientblog