As far as I’m concerned Peter Wright is a legend. He is truly an exceptional artist because he is both a student and a teacher. Wright is a student because with every release he approaches his subject with humility, always ready to let his organic drones form him rather than imposing his will upon the drone. Each album shows a potential and openness to really plumb the depths of his art, taking a fresh and candid tack every time. He’s not afraid to try something different and let his medium take on a life of its own. However, even though he submits to the materials of his creativity, he is unquestionably a great teacher, influence, and musician par excellence. He has had a profound effect upon how other artists explore their own work. Wright has trained the hearer how to listen and how to interpret the world around them. Tribute is truly given to objective aesthetic beauty. Every single release he puts out marks another watershed moment in the life of drone. “An Angel Fell Where the Kestrels Hover” is yet another landmark.
This collection of seven tracks follows the earlier released “Snow Blind” that came out a year ago on Install. That epic double disc set was a tome of wintry drone. It focused on the harshness of the chill and the assault of blizzards in the midst of the sun’s retreat. “An Angel Fell…” was recorded in London in 2007 as a follow up to “Snow Blind.” It was to be complementary to the earlier ambitious work. A sort of yang to “Snow Blind’s” ying. Where the bleakness of winter loomed large on “Snow Blind,” the hope of Spring peacefully saunters in on “An Angel Fell…” Where one felt the freezing damp, the listener now looks forward to the coming thaw. Where the earlier preached the inevitable shadows of winter, this one promises the beaming sun cutting through to warm the earth.
I think “An Angel Fell…” might be one of Wright’s best. The soothing drones are just what we need right now in the middle of this unrelenting February. Birds chirp with a sweetness that has so easily been forgotten. Bees buzz and point to the blooming flowers that will soon populate the fields. With every turn, this disc smoothly trickles a fresh spring of optimism into your heart. Winter’s almost over, Spring will again melt away our hibernated condition. And for those lazy summer days, this CD will still feel as fitting as ever.
Wright only satisfies. The art and packaging for this album comes from Spekk’s own visual creativity department. It is housed in a book-style form with awesome artwork that fits right in with the rest of Wright’s covers. Absolutely gorgeous presentation. A masterpiece in every sense, which any artist could truly be proud of. 10/10 -- Dave Miller (24 February, 2010)