White Bird Release - Pan-American
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  • Summary: The latest solo album for Labradford's Mark Nelson.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. No matter what tweak to the overall aesthetic Nelson may make, Pan-American’s music is as interesting as ever, precisely because there is no end in sight.
  2. White Bird Release is a solid, completely contained work.
  3. Just as the song titles have little meaning if they’re not read back to back, so does the music only fully cohere upon listening to the record as a continuous, flowing piece. But the dream doesn’t seem to lift us above the ground; something about Nelson’s chaste guitar timbres and middling drones keeps us from arriving there.
  4. For all the criticisms Nelson may endure for not branching out or over relying on minimalism, White Bird Release does provide a certain thrill.
  5. White Bird Release, while not as conceptual as For Waiting, For Chasing, almost by default flows as a sort of suite, with each track named after a fragment of this quotation.
  6. 60
    It may be no great leap forward, but on this showing Nelson can still produce graceful electronica with a rare poise and reserve. [Mar 2009, p.95]