“5 Textures (41’09”) demonstrates that the music making abilities of Simon Lomax are at a veteran’s level. An album designed for playing late at night, 5 Textures explores an interior world of ideas and emotions. Exposing glimpses of his dark side, Lomax presents six works of uncharted solitude. The opening piece feels like a small infinity, traveling towards the unknown – yet there are five more well-executed tracks in wait. On this album harmony is represented as a figure undifferentiated from the sonic landscape. Abstracted and fragmented forms, and not subject, are the principle carriers of meaning. Lonely piano notes proceed above breathing atmospheres, as clean guitar plucks gain color through grains of distortion. Forlorn chords undulate, and hang in the air, while otherworldly voices permeate the soundspace. A sustaining violin note briefly offers something familiar, only to recede amidst the flow of lush electronic current. Beneath Lomax’s vast chill designs is a burning ember. His realizations grow out of the free blending of process and intuition. Lomax has imagined himself quite deeply into the world he presents here. Elegant and haunting, serenely powerful, 5 Textures is ever in motion, ever in flux.
To categorize it as an Ambient album would undercut Lomax’s achievement. The spell created by slow motion tone clouds and iced over synthesizers opens up a zone where beauty exists as part of daily life, and not as an escape from it. His use of sound can be dramatic, but also infinitely subtle in its scale of values – as the music Lomax makes traces a seductive arc from darkness to light, from melancholy to hope. His work belongs to the elegiac and inventive world where but a few respected spirits dwell.”
– Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END
“Dissolving and immersion in the beckoning silence of a foggy world would be an appropriate description in a nutshell for Simon Lomax’s release 5 Textures
The spacious, gentle evolving glide of emotive, cinematic-flavored and at times slightly blurred soundscapes on each of the six tracks merges the ethereal, the surreal and the timeless with a range of sophisticated samples, tools, reverb, filters and echoes while playing a highly processed guitar. The first glimpses of the latter where already present on “A Glimmer of Memory”, where minimalist textural landscapes gave a voice to silent, hidden environs.
The smooth, subtle layered atmospherics and occasional piano notes on the 41-minute “5 Textures” all submerge into a deeper scale of things, especially on the glowing “Sometimes I Disappear” and “An Echo, Unseen” where the treated sounds of the stringed instrument simply swirl and create an elevated sonic aura. The last two pieces tip over the edge, both addressing an introspective, lucid aural realm on the beauty of isolation and remoteness. The composer refers to it as emotional on a visceral level.
This meticulously crafted, intrinsic and in-depth soundscape music of “5 Textures” lines up nicely next to those by Dirk Serries, Jeff Pearce and Steve Roach, though airs its own distinct character, alternate cinematic narrative and inner dimensions.”
Bert Strolenberg – Sonic Immersion