Ok, I do know that this is not exactly Taiga Remains? latest release. At least five releases have come out since this one. Plus, it?s sold out at the label. I still think that ?Descend from Ivory Cliffs? deserves to be mentioned, and praised. Not only because it?s one of Alex Cobb?s finest moments so far, elevating his guitar-and-effect drones to a whole new level of the sublime. But also because this review marks the first Foxy Digitalis appearance of Germany?s Waterscape label. In the few months of its existence, Waterscape has put out about a dozen of releases, including a 3? by Light of Shipwreck and a collaboration of Aidan Baker and Jakob Thiesen. Obviously, Taiga Remains blends in perfectly.
?Descend from Ivory Cliffs? uses the 3? format to maximum effect. It offers only one track, but that track is stretched over almost twenty-three minutes. Cobb piles layer and layer of processed guitar, balancing tension and the release of a vibrant, deeply satisfying drone surround sound that has a distinctly three-dimensional quality to it. The term ?dronescape? has been used to describe Cobb?s sound, and it?s definitely appropriate here. The landscape parallel is strengthened further by the beautiful photography and cover design, courtesy of label owner Martin Fuhs. Limited to 100 copies and including a hand-numbered insert, ?Descend from Ivory Cliffs? is a perfect little package which is definitely worth tracking down. 8/10 -- Jan-Arne Sohns (24 September, 2008)