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Phillip Wilkerson – “Incidents in Spring” (Bypass)

incidents_in_spring_ep_frontcoverWarm and Minimal Ambient | From Galuszka's survey we can learn that most Netlabels are run by Germans. China, in contrast, is listed with one entry. I guess this is Bypass, the only Chinese label I know at least. Their catalogue number 16 comes from US American Phillip Wilkerson, whose minimal Ambient makes me think of German Electronica... and so the wheel came full circle.

Phillip Wilkerson - "Incident 4" (MP3)

According to his website, Wilkerson is a busy man. He has a good cue of releases with the usual candidates for experimental Ambient/ Drone stuff (Clinical Archives, Treetrunk, JNN). I do not consider myself an expert in his oeuvre, but Wilkerson's EP "Incidents in Spring" makes me speculate to become one.

Phillip Wilkerson shifts harmonious layers of processed textures, each rich in tone and design. His sound is artificial and glitchy, still Wilkerson manages to  enshrine the warmth of his source material. While the first two compositions are plain Ambient or Drone, tracks three and four come off with songwriting qualities. Rural beats, transparent instruments (if you dare to call that cheapo GM piano in  "Incident 4" an instrument) at interfering micro-melodies make me think of German Electronica like To Rococo Rot or Kreidler. Auspicious.

MP3 Ambient Music Download

Download: "Incidents in Spring" ZIP
Release: Phillip Wilkerson - "Incidents in Spring"
Netlabel: Bypass

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Phlow-Author Bettina Rhymes This article was written on 19.February 2009 by Bettina Rhymes. Bettina Rhymes is the journalist alter ego of Sven Swift. Swift runs the established CDr- and Netlabel and acts as a Netaudio DJ every now and then. Next to his job at Phlow Mag, he writes reviews about free music at Read more articles written by .