Slow Circles

by Aquarelle

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After three years of multiple revisions and complete deletions, 'Slow Circles' was engendered as much by the music that adheres to it than by what does not. Meaning at this point in the history of recorded music – where any- and everything can be and is available – what you leave out and avoid is just as critical as what few things remain. Still, there is much to be heard by Aquarelle (the aural moniker of Ryan Potts) on 'Slow Circles.' Tempered with static and distortion, the five extended tracks hold an illusion of stasis sourced from dozens of layers of acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments. Filtered loops overlap and repeat, erecting a pattern that links pure minimalism to an oblique and layered pop approach that unfurls with acoustic guitar, bells, and bits of percussion.

Aquarelle's influences are teeming – and include various forms of photography, films by Terrence Malick, and the presence of family – but perhaps nothing inspires more than the ardor for sound itself, from hissing electronic abstraction to four-part vocal harmonies. 'Slow Circles' is his first widely available album after a handful of limited run CDR releases.

CD on Rest + Noise –


released October 20, 2009



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Aquarelle Saint Paul, Minnesota

With the Aquarelle moniker, Ryan Potts explores a cross-section of feedback-generated experiments, acoustic instrumentation and layered sine waves. These sounds are folded together with meticulous editing to form pieces that have equal interest in stasis and movement, clarity and obscurity. ... more

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