The Stillness

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"Pacific Heights is essentially the solo project of Devin Abrams. A founder member of drum-and-bass band Shapeshifter, the Wellington musician left the group in 2014 to devote his energies to the solo offshoot he had launched twelve years earlier, just as Shapeshifter were taking off internationally. Though he found time to release one Pacific Heights album, 2008’s In A Quiet Storm, Shapeshifter’s heavy schedule has meant that it has been eight years between instalments.

There are instrumental passages where Abrams drifts towards ambient-new age territory. At other times he steps to the mic and nebulous atmospheres solidify into songs, though his fragile-sounding voice is almost just another of the delicately overlaid textures.

The Stillness is a refined piece of work by an electronic artist who has been honing his craft for a long time. The production is as shiny as a circuit-board, and even the voices become, at times, digital instruments. But if this is computer music, there’s a human heart that beats through it, not far below its digital surface." - RNZ



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