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  • Summary: The 12th full-length release for Scott Morgan as Loscil was inspired by Alfred Stieglitz's photographs of clouds from the '20s and '30s.
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  1. Sep 10, 2019
    “Equivalents 5,” a four-note sequence shifts pitches and timbres amidst constantly changing atmospheres. The tune itself never changes, but it doesn’t have to keep the listener engaged. It’s the qualities of the sounds, such as the swelling bass and swirling high end of its predecessor, “Equivalents 6,” that count. Just as Stieglitz’s images of clouds became things in themselves, the tones cease to be means and become ends in themselves.
  2. Aug 19, 2019
    Stieglitz's and Morgan's work both speak to the desire to preserve the power of a moment, and to make something fleeting eternal, whether with a photograph or a piece of ambient music. There's something noble about that, and on Equivalents, Morgan captures it eloquently.
  3. Aug 19, 2019
    Sometimes, a cloud isn't just a cloud, and Morgan's Equivalents offers a space to ponder the difference.
  4. Uncut
    Aug 19, 2019
    Inspired by Alfred Stieglitz's photographs of clouds, it's inevitably founded upon lengthy drones but there's subtle drama here, too. [Oct 2019, p.29]
  5. Aug 19, 2019
    Because of its indistinct nature, Equivalents feels infinitely deep, with details left undiscovered even after repeat listens. It is easy to get lost in its doldrums, and can sometimes feel inconspicuous to a fault.
  6. Aug 21, 2019
    If Equivalents isn't quite in the first tier of Loscil releases with First Narrows or Endless Falls, it's because it feels a little less personal than most of his work.
  7. Sep 3, 2019
    Equivalents is similar to a lot of the post-Coast/Range/Arc material, but decidedly reduced. The faint stuttering high organ sounds that pepper the opener feel curiously threadbare, with none of that contented percussive effervescence swimming up to give it any harmonic sweep.