Based in the Pacific Northwest, the duo of Ryan Gracey & Spencer Williams have been creating an exceptionally evocative and thoughtful ambient music as Drape since 2009. Their earlier work predates my deeper forays into the genre, so it was their latest on release on Infraction that caught my ear and clued me in on just what I had been missing, the splendid Let There Water Air now available on CD & vinyl.
The album is divided into seven tracks but it plays like a single long form composition with recurring themes and motifs voiced by long cello arcs, stately piano lines, swelling guitars, and mellifluent drones all bathed in warm, translucent haze. Experienced from start to finish, it is wholly immersive. From the majestic rise of “New Mountains” to the eloquent introspection of “Interiors” to the ethereal final coda, Let There Water Air is a sumptuous aural journey that manages to capture the inspiring grandeur and and soul-renewing tranquility of vast open spaces framed in otherworldly stillness.
Let There Water Air was mastered by Taylor Deupree and features Tom Cooney on cello, Doug McDiarmid on piano, and Traci Williams guitar. The album is available as a CD is housed in a tip-on style mini-LP sleeve with printed inner cardstock envelope (300 copies) or a 180 gram vinyl LP housed in a thick cardstock tip-on sleeve with poly-lined printed inner sleeve and OBI strip (100 copies on clear vinyl, 200 copies on pure black).
More by Drape
I’ve also quite enjoyed exploring the rest of the Drape discography including Forage, released in May of this year on cassette by BARO Records, An Idea and Its Map (2012), also released on vinyl by Infraction, and Dream Words (2009) which is now out of print but still available digitally.