Land Observations – The Grand Tour

James Brooks’ first album as Land Observations - 2012’s Roman Roads IV – XI - was a quiet revelation with its inventive melding of minimalism and pyschogeography.  In approaching this sequel, Brooks has more challenges and expectations to meet in retaining the balmy intimacy of his layered solo electric guitar soundscapes whilst moving the one-man … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#29 (Land Observations’ James Brooks on Recurring)

Land Observations’ James Brooks on… Spacemen 3’s Recurring (Fire Records, 1990) When I think of records that influenced my musical approach and belief set, few left the impression that Recurring had on me. At that stage in my musical development the earlier records were still to be hunted down and discovered.  However, in late-1990 … [Read more...]

FAO#33: Land Observations & Dead Rat Orchestra

Although instrumental music is so intrinsic to our daily life, whether it’s deadly lift muzak or the enthralling score to an on-screen drama, it’s still considered somewhat of an oddity for your average music fan to stock up on releases with a wordless voice-free remit.  Which is a shame, as good instrumental music can often be a life-line for … [Read more...]