Sonogram, Vinyl Studies

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

When he's not busy running Simulacra Records, making stygian ambient under the name Tear Ceremony, or cutting hushed indie rock as Crushed Stars, Todd Gautreau sleeps. He does this, presumably, to get inspiration for his other project: Sonogram. On this, the fourth album under the name, Gautreau continues in the same vein as his previous work. The tracks are short, vignettes similar to the self-contained compositions of Boards of Canada or the dearly departed Plone — proving that ambient doesn't need to be lengthy to be involving. He simply takes one idea, gently mulls over its possibilities and then abandons it in favor of another. Contemplative, otherworldly, and bewitching, it's the stuff of dreams.