Both Seaworthy and Scissor Lock's ambient contributions to this split 3" CDR make for interesting background listening. At nearly 10 minutes each, they are short enough that one can choose to focus on the details and long enough to allow the attention to drift.
Seaworthy's "Mountain Fox and Sky" progresses from near static, close harmonic activity with peripheral guitar and field recording chatter to a passage featuring flute-like synth or guitar tones. I would have been happier had the drone remained the focus. For me, this melodic middle section, which begins just shy of 4 minutes into the track, drifts too close to pan pipe, relaxation sounds territory. Thankfully the harmonic cloud comes to the foreground again for the last few minutes with some additional digital grit in place of the guitar ornaments that bordered the opening section.
While Scissor Lock's "I Know Where Summer Goes" starts out much like "Mountain Fox and Sky," it avoids the overly smooth, leaving the looping that stitches the piece together exposed and a bit jagged. Dry clicks and whirs back more rounded bits of sine wave, and ebowed guitar tones clunk in an out, seeming purposefully ungraceful. Wordless vocals augment and eventually eclipse the guitar swells. The elements of the track continue to build, not wholly harmonious or in sync yet still pretty. Picked guitar notes form a swirl of higher tones that is then supported by messier, sliding low notes with plenty of fret noise. One particular half-articulated noted note sticks out of the mix for a few moments as more amorphous sounds mix together. Tones resembling a barely-blown whistle and an organ begin to dominate. Vocals return and lend the closing a communal, early evening feel. Although still processed and looped, they feel pleasantly bare. 7/10 -- Howard Martin (11 June, 2009)