Earthen Sea (moniker of Jacob Long, co-founder of Black Eyes, Mi Ami) deepens his compelling synthesis of shadowy rhythms and opaque atmospherics, drawing on the most potent qualities of melancholic ambient and dub techno.
An Act Of Love follows 2015’s Ink, released via Ital’s Lovers Rock imprint, and was inspired by internal tribulations and the experience of exploring an empty nocturnal metropolis. Careful waves of tones drift and decay; beats materialise and pulse across twilight landscapes; a noir mood reigns. Given Long’s background as bassist for revelatory tribal-punk trio Mi Ami, An Act Of Love showcases a musician in the midst of transcendent redefinition, crafting an immersive language of texture and motion.
“This record was made over the course of the most emotionally difficult and stressful year in my life thus far. As such, it is both a reflection of that experience and also something that gave me space to begin working through issues to see a way forward, to a better place both psychically and physically. An idea that was also central to my thoughts while creating the album was the concept and reality of being out in the city at night, wandering around a large urban area after dark – the contrast of empty streets but with life still going on all around, and the openness and possibilities that can bring. This music I was making was an attempt to capture that feeling.” – from Jacob Long
An Act Of Love is out now via cranky.
1. An Act Of Love
2. The Present Mist
3. About That Time
4. Delicately In The Sunlight
5. Apparent Lushness
6. Exuberant Burning
7. Above The Clouds
8. The Flats, 1975
8. Also An Act Of Love
“It is frequently gorgeous. “The Flat 75” and “Exuberant Burning” suspend smoky washes of sound over pulsing kick drums and crisp snares. Just as often, though, Long lets things dissolve into ambience, and moment like “Apparent Lushness” are where An Act Of Love becomes a headphones record par excellence.“ – UNCUT (8/10)
“Exuberant Burning” unfurls itself halfway through the album but serves as a fitting entry point, overall. The hushed, throbbing low-ends, ephemeral textures, and bleak beauty are reminiscent of established label-mates Loscil, Pan•American, and Justin Walter. But the end result is entirely Long, deeply personal and seemingly poised to bloom into something great in his own right.” – DECODER