Growing Concern (2) ‎– Endless Landscapes

Electronical Dreams ‎– 011, Electronical Dreams ‎– ED011
Cassette, Album


A1 Morning Air... Evening Shadow
A2 The Storm
A3 The River
A4 The Reef
B1 Ice Dance
B2 Paris Bridge At Midnight
B3 Mirage Church
B4 Echoes Of The Court
B5 Red Moon Tor



Recorded and mixed at EMS Studio, Nr. Truro, August 1989.


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May 22, 2012
This is an album of mixed sounds, ranging from New Age to Medieval to Space Rock. GROWING CONCERN are a Cornish duo consisting of SIMON COOPER on keyboards, recorders & accordian, and PHIL WEBB on keyboards, Classical & Electric guitars. "Morning Air...Evening Shadow" is a varying little instrumental with a composed New Age feel to it, ethereal keys pushed into a tuneful motif of warm sounds. "The Storm" builds up out of the accordian sound, a thin thing with reverse FX & strange synthetics foretelling the coming of a downpour of rain. Artificial thunder joins in, before a delicate chiming series of almost harp-like ripples rises out of the rain-blessed Earth, a calm, serene little instrumental with acoustic guitar tucked away discretely amidst the huge keyboards. "The River" comes next, with almost whale-song sounds floating over a passive grinding machine sound (New Age Industrial?) before electric guitar scrawls small tight images under it's dermis. It changes with percussive xylophone-like rhythm & large sweeps of keyboards, becoming an altogether more passive, reflective sound. "The Reef" is a short relaxing thing which grows up out of a white noise wave sweep. A quiet, reflective track, more a calming wallpaper than a piece of music. The 'B' side begins with "Ice Dance", an easy-listening thing with Classical guitar & piano sounding like a slightly Jazz-influenced mellowed-out variation on JAPAN's "Nightporter" with Continental bloodless calm. "Paris Bridge At Midnight" does suggest a pre-conceived image of that Dream City, with the accordian's thin-yet-rich sound swelling up in bright layers, mixing with similarly-textured keyboards. "Mirage Church" combines a keyboard interpretation of a single chiming bell, along with white noise & other synthetic sounds before becoming a mellow dream-state piece of music with odd pitch changes & distinctive tune which rises here & there. "Echoes Of The Court" has a strong Baroque flavour to it, with overlayered recorders & spinet-like keyboards, yet manages to keep it's tune somehow in the 20th century. The next piece follows suit with a more full, rich sounding version of the previous track with guitar adding to the sound, giving it more body. The third part under this title has a similar musical influence, along with a sort of Spanish Guitar sound. This is solo guitar with the background of running water and has so many tuneful devices that you seem to spot a half-dozen tunes within it's own complex composition. "Red Moon Tor" is mainly built on a series of recorder rhythms under which the keyboards swell & the guitar starts to strum it's way into a fine tune. It twists & turns, complex in composition yet seemingly at ease with itself, changing from solo guitar to sweeping keyboards, it adds a Jazz edge & some nice, benign tension to it's New Age sound, a fittingly quiet way to close an album which comprises musical talent, compositional prowess & an easy, pacifying sound. SIMON COOPER has a solo CD called "Together" out on Dutch New Age label OREADE.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.