Ethan Rose, Oaks (Holocene)

Ethan Rose loves manipulating organic samples and old instruments. He also loves weaving tiny straw baskets. Okay, we made up that last part.

Speaking sacred without saying a word
Electronic minimalist Ethan Rose reveals the beauty residing in the noise around us. The ambient symphony and inspiration of Oaks tethers on a local Portland roller rink and its 1920-era Wurlitzer theater organ that Rose helped repair and recorded samples from. “On Wheels Rotating” glides along as if on thin sheets of ice over a frozen lake. “The Floor Released” whispers pristine piano tinklings and humming organs. Rose uses his film-scoring resume to float you through Oaks'' cinematic snow globe of introspective wonder, transforming organic sounds into something sacred. [4 out of 5 stars]