Jacob Long has spent nearly two decades crafting a mix of bleary ambient and late night dub techno under the Earthen Sea moniker. Where previous releases usually featured a sprawling chill out track followed by a more beat-driven, dance floor adjacent tune, recent albums on Kranky have synthesised the two forms into a trippy ambient pastiche. Earthen Sea’s latest, Ghost Poems, rides the moody and mellow expressway across ten deep, foggy tracks.
Underscore is showcasing the Ghost Poems tune “Stolen Time. The track floats by on a flickering melody and a subtle, pulsating groove. While the heavy, narcotic dub techno beats found on 2017’s An Act of Love and 2015’s Ink appear to have vanished, in its place is a sound equally hypnotic but harder to pin down. At times it’s more vaporous than even the deep ambient sections of previous albums; at others, more buoyant and groove-oriented. Ghost Poems is a captivating, enigmatic cap to an understated trilogy of LPs for Kranky. Find yourself getting lost in “Stolen Time,” streaming ahead of Ghost Poems’ April 15 release.