Cake album cover

Jonathan Coleclough

Siren Records (4)

Cake was Jonathan Coleclough’s debut album, and it introduced a significant new voice to British underground music. Coleclough’s specialty is the inter-weaving of luxuriant, radiant drones and beautifully captured field recordings, though he’s a flexible collaborator, and he’s also open to wilder things – one side of 2002’s Casino was just that, recordings of a casino. Cake itself was released in two different versions; the first announces his presence by slowly swarming a quiet, incident-free, everyday field recording with blue-hued electronic drones; the second inverts that structure, and adds more drama, opening with backwards piano, and ending with a vivid storm of resonating tones.

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