Space Between Clouds is a new project from Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist David Ralicke. An esteemed session musician, his work has helped shape the output of Paul McCartney, John Cale, M83, Van Dyke Parks, Beck and countless others. Today, the s/t album is out and available on all platforms, and arrives with a new video for "Wide Corners" which premiered on Ghettoblaster. Listen to/purchase Space Between Clouds HERE.
Space Between Clouds nestles into the neural canyons between stimulus and response through billowing, airy drones, reverb heavy flugelhorn and tidal tonal shifts. A unique blend of ambient, kosmische, and new age, feel your heart rate settle as you float away with Space Between Clouds.
David Ralicke says that the genesis of his self-titled debut as Space Between Clouds was a series of drones “designed to sneak by consciousness and lay down in the shadows behind thoughts.” While indeed the final product showcases patience and subtlety, Space Between Clouds is anything but ordinary.
One could say that this music is accommodating, that it can shine either in the background or foreground. But this is true in the way that it is true of great film scores like Vangelis’ Blade Runner or the work of Ryuichi Sakamoto. Analogue and FM synthesizer sequences pulse at 30 BPM––“roughly half the speed of the human resting heart rate,” Ralicke says––beneath saxophone, flugelhorn, clarinet, glockenspiel, all interlocking with textural, environmental sounds. One can sense the camera’s depth of field shifting along with the timbre of a drone, like at the denouement of “Water Cycle.” A rainy windshield, perhaps, comes into focus as synth tones become slowly crystalline. There is a physicality, a texture to each sound, making Space Between Clouds, however ambient, more tangible than otherworldly. The record opens with the sound of keys shuffling, a door opening. Whether we are entering or exiting or somehow both, is left to be pondered over repeated listens.In the pacing and emotional hues one may note echoes of Harold Budd and Marion Brown or Brian Eno or even contemporaries like Jeremiah Chiu and Marta Sofia Honer. With the latter especially, Space Between Clouds shares a charming sense of the new age promise delivered, beloved tones and timbres artfully rescued from an all-too-often trite form.