"When The Leaves Fall Like Snow" is the latest opus from uber-prolific guitarist Jon Attwood under his Yellow6 moniker. The album continues his impressive run of atmospheric instrumental ambient/post-rock.
This album is divided into two discs: "Fall" and "Further". "Fall" features 6 tracks that are all 10 minutes or longer, and even though they can all be described as "minimal", there's still a bit of variety to them. Opener "Still Water" begins with a cloud of feedback surrounding its slow, steady rhythm (or rather, suggestion of rhythm, as nothing resembling bass or percussion appears), but midway through the piece, most of this feedback is removed, and even some of the notes are omitted, leaving only the barest skeletal suggestion of rhythm. Comparatively, most of the other pieces on the disc seem to float in mid-air, although a few incidental touches of digital sounds occur, such as the drum machine pitter-patter during "Leaves Fall Like Snow" which basically provides an effect matching the piece's title.
The album's second disc is a tiny bit more concise, featuring 10 songs averaging 7 minutes each, with only the slightest hint of more structure to them. Tracks such as "You Can't Be Everywhere He Said" gradually build, and "Magasin2" has a soft drumbeat. Overall, the disc still maintains a droney, spacey feel.
Fans of artists like Windy & Carl, Stars Of The Lid and Labradford are probably very familiar with this type of sound; however, if you're in love with droney atmospheric guitars and haven't given Yellow6 a chance yet, this is a great place to start. 8/10 -- Paul Simpson (9 July, 2008)