(Antifrost)

Shortwave music bears lots of intriguing contrasts: we experience apprehension and relaxation in equal measure according to the matching of timbral colours, the element of surprise, the composer’s attitude towards the exploitation of a pure source in opposition to heavy studio treatment. In this sense, Radio Station is a very balanced album; the sounds are thoroughly captivating in their non-confrontational homogeneity, yet maintain a halo of secrecy which distances the overall result from what one could expect from similarly conceived works. Developing a personal aesthetic which finds common elements with the experiments by John Duncan and Daniel Menche – particularly in the use of conglomerates of throbbing pulses and sub-frequency vibrations – Arford manages to highlight the most inherent “musical” nature of a highly fascinating cause of aural enjoyment.

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