On his third album for Clay Pipe Music, Jon Brooks (AdvisoryCircle/Ghostbox) takes inspiration from time spent in France.
Autres Directions is an exquisitely detailed sonic trip through rural France that uses field recordings to provide environmental texture: the toy-like melody of ‘Se Reveiller’ is underpinned by the rumble of a ferry’s engines; insects chirrup against a sinuous synth loop on ‘Le Chateau’ while geese shriek under the specral distress call of ‘L’ancienne Grange’; the drone of a low-flying aircraft in ‘Lanverec’ becomes a black veil slowly descending across the countryside. Bearing comparison with such Eno classics as On Land, this is a beautiful album of intensley visual music. Joe Banks, Shindig
Brooks corrals into eight pieces of glinting electronics. Autres Directions is subtle and patient, with gaseous synth drones the bed for a slow-moving melodic lattice of sad and hushed, tintinnabulating tones. Jon Dale, Uncut
A Homage to this Francophile’s love for the time he spends in Brittany and Normandy, it’s brimming with the idealism of the romantic voyager. Carl Griffin, Electronic Sounds Magazine