From the Prairie Fire Tapes Website:
Jane Barbe, the ambient/drone project of Leo Brookes, first came to our attention with the submission of last year's Jane Barbe/Akrotiri Poacher split; since then, both artists have been hard at work, developing their styles into truly unique and breath-taking vistas of sound.
The latest Jane Barbe recording, “Alert,” brings us nearly 30 minutes of ethereal ambient drone that seems to unfold itself at a distance, ever so slowly, like unfurling of clouds on a cold winter's day. Inspired by the cold beauty of Alaska, the sounds on “Alert” will seduce your ears in the most hypnotic manner possible, causing your eyelids to droop but never allowing sleep to take you over.
Side A's “Stony River/Crooked Creek” shivers with a gradual progression of loops, sounding at once both synthetic and like field recordings from the inside of some distant, snow-packed cave; Side B's “White Pass/Glacier View” begins on a quieter note, coaxing you to come in closer, its subdued tonal palette meandering as graceful as the passage of the mass of ice referenced in the track name.
The sheer level of tasteful restraint on display here is absolutely stunning, and a rarity at that. Far and away from the lo-fi, hissing creep-out of his contribution to our discography last year, “Alert” sees Brookes exhibiting slow-motion delicacy that is at once chilling and quietly moving. Very highly recommended.