Talk about a great Christmas present: Sing On In Silhouettes — the long-awaited full-length from Crepusculum (aka Fred Baty) — was released by 12rec on Christmas Day. It’s safe to say that this was the netlabel release I was looking forward to the most in 2009, and though I’ve only had a short amount of time to listen to it — this being the holidays and all — it’s proving well worth the wait.
Several of the songs on the album — e.g., “We Are Twilight”, “Abaculus Perceptive” — have been on Crepusculum’s MySpace page for awhile now, but it’s great to finally hear them within an album context, and they’re still as lovely as when I heard them months and months ago.
Baty’s previous release — 2006’s Sky Diaries EP was lovely enough, blending folksy guitars, electronica, and field recordings with grace and skill. Sing On In Silhouettes eschews those last two for the most part. Instead, it focuses primarily on Baty’s layered guitars, and is a much richer and more confident release, bringing an almost classical sensibility to his already intricate compositions.