(Afe)

Yet another CD by Aidan Baker, you might say. Yes, prolificacy is a double-edge sword: usually, too many releases are the clear signal of a pumped self-belief clouding the mind of people taking advantage of the ingenuousness – and fat wallets – of record collectors to churn out useless, totally hollow albums which, in turn, generate absolutely unjustifiable cults. Names? Too many: look no further than about 95% of dark ambient, trance, esoteric catalogs. Luckily, Aidan Baker’s numerous examples of enchanting creativity constitute the exception confirming the rule, which becomes immediately evident after the first minutes of this record. Completely realized on an acoustic guitar with no overdubs that nonetheless sounds exactly “Baker”, Dog Fox Gone To Ground  is the proof of an immediately recognizable style which – forgive this rare vanity attack – I’m proud to have been among the first ones to champion. And so, more than describing once again the bewitching loops and the shimmering enthralling waves of these beautiful meditations, let me just invite you to raise your aerials and support real artists like Baker, rather than being subjugated by low-budget saints and presumed sound healers whose Paypal account expands thanks to the general inattention. Kudos to Afe for releasing this rare example of sensitive hypnosis.

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