(Spore)

My only prior contact with Bennett’s output was “Noise map” on this same label. As good as that one was, “Wildlife” is probably better: I wouldn’t hesitate in classifying it as a great album, a nearly faultless crossbreed of environmental recordings (mostly zoos and botanic gardens) and post-processing that proposes ample opportunities for relaxation, concentration, sheer thinking. The maker, born in the UK but residing in the Netherlands, offers an interesting explanation of his work: “hybrid artificial spaces for the listener to inhabit”. This is exactly what this music gives, without any pretence of unconventional views or “political” statements. Bennett is certainly not the first analyzing the contrasts and the overlapping between natural and metropolitan soundscapes, yet one can’t help observing how plausibly the different pictures of life succeed, frogs and cars, lions, children, nocturnal activities, birds. We feel the air, the hot, the damp and the vagueness. Does all this imply some sort of revelation? Of course not, yet the gratification deriving from listening to routine presences according to a dissimilar perspective – especially when contained by your own silence – can literally transform the approach to the forthcoming day (that’s right, you did get it: this CD should be listened to at very early morning for greatest results). Add to the whole the eye-striking container – a folded A2 poster featuring beautiful B/W photos of the visited locations – and the fact that this is a limited edition of 300 copies to finally accept that this release is needed.

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