Review: Sigh Of Relief – Injection

First as founding member of slowcore legends Bedhead and then with The New Year, Bubba Kadane along with his brother Matt have been responsible for some of the finest glacially paced pop songs I’ve had the pleasure of digesting over the past 27 years. So, at this point I thought I knew what to expect from a solo endeavor from Bubba Kadane. Even with words like electronic and ambient being used to described the album, I wasn’t quite prepared for the hypnotic and arresting 40 minutes that occupy Injection. According to its creator the creative process behind the LP, dates back to 2015 when Kadane was creating guitar-based ambient instrumentals along with some purely electronic pieces, but found himself drawn to the flexibility of creating from a blank palette while working on a electronic composition. The obvious reference point would be Brian Eno‘s 1978 masterpiece, Music For Airports. Although the music Bubba Kadane creates under the Sigh Of Relief moniker mines similar terrain, he manages to create something exquisite and uniquely beautiful. He displays a gift for creating captivating soundscapes with a knack for conjuring up both darkness and light with sections of tension and release. The piece flows by at a pretty quick clip due to Kadane not lingering in one place for very long. In the past I’ve been guilty of playing ambient music over dinner of even during house chores, but this album captures my full attention and is meant to be heard in full. Injection is stunning piece of ambient bliss that begs repeating.

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