A Vista Opens

by Townparks Foundry

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'This mini-album from Dublin based duo Townparks Foundry floats on warm tones, infused with lo-fi beats and mantric melodies reminiscent of the mellow transcendent electronic pop of The Notwist. “One Last Visit” is spacious and spacey as finger-picked acoustic guitars meet deep and distant cosmic keyboards, while “Live From the Six Month Winter” has been stuck in my head for days on end. If I could drive then this would be on the stereo for late night journeys beneath the cool city lights. “Lights on Daytime” wanders through magnetic fields of longing and wistfulness while “Theme from Townparks Foundry” is a tune for when you’re wrapped up warm and running hand-in-hand through snow-covered strawberry fields. The mercurial revelations of the plaintive nine-minute epic title track has touches of the toytown electronics and melodica of angelic Icelanders Mum, and the closing “Morning Call” is a note left by a departing lover, like the Boards of Canada collaborating with Red House Painters. At the first sign of frost this winter just reach for Townparks Foundry. They will keep you warm.' Keith Wallace

'I recently received a nice package of releases on Ireland’s Deserted Village imprint, which seems primarily to be a CD-R label specializing in just about everything we like to get lost in here at the Broken Face along the pop/folk/free/noise axis. First off in the bunch is A Vista Opens by Townparks Foundry, who I know nothing about at all. Their sound is a sad, drone folk-pop with guitars, piano, synth and drum loops that hits the appropriate receptors with simple and effective home recording, falling somewhere between Smog and Hood. The latter comparison is apt, since the third track, "Lights on Daytime", features a spoken word/rap passage towards the end that meshes perfectly with its haunting melody. "Theme From Townspark Foundry" sounds more like an homage to early 80s synth pop (and Kraftwerk) and it’s a real knockout too. Definitely worth investigation.' Lee Jackson, The Broken Face


released February 3, 2002



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