"On Plant Life, Oahu has sculpted [three] tracks of hypnotic escape... drawn out tropical drones, subconsciously evoking vibraphones and chirping birds. The second [side] pictures a forest at both the micro and macro level as suggested by [the] titles, 'Ant Colony,' [and] 'Redwood.' [Plant Life] taps the essence of minimalistic ambience."
- WHURK MAGAZINE
"Three tracks, one full length on the front, two on the flip, experimenting with crispy overloaded fuzz. The title track (on A) a looping wonderfully placid melodic sequence. Breezy, overloaded, blown out beauty. Washed out production, feels like a faded polaroid. Maybe it’s the cover image, or not, but it has this overexposed oceanside vibe to it. Something to close your eyes to and wash away with. On the B side Ant Colony applies a ragged layer of percussion, taking things slightly uptempo and off kilter. The closer, Redwood brings both tracks together in a lengthy amalgam of pulsation caught halfway between beats and ambient, and sort of rhythm created by subtraction. Where the movement of the melody is the percussion. Super chill listen. Nice and brief, no frills. Awesome tape."
-GUIDE ME LITTLE TAPE
"Adrian Todd Webb’s Oahu project is a whimsical departure from his other pursuits as a member of the electro-folk-pop band Seamonster, Illustrator / Cartoonist, and the Editor of Nine Things magazine. Plant Life is island living encapsulated in multi-tonal ambience. The title side slowly grows from simple chord to big distorted sun saturated beast over the length of the tape; a meditation on nurturing, patience and the behemoth potential of nature itself. These are the harmonies of organisms linking together to develop, spread and survive. Ant Colony begins on a percussive note and pulls some of that Seamonster flare into the fold. An unexpected noisy, acidic groove that mimics the busy, bouncy work that goes on in an ant colony. Synths symbolically jabber and bustle like the commanding and responding creatures of the mound. Oahu finishes the tape off with Redwood, a droney bit of business built for the scenic experience. A muted, foggy piece that pairs well with stargazing through the slits in the treetops."
After several years of quiet experimentation, Plant Life marks the debut physical release from Oahu - three experimental minimal ambient electronic compositions recorded in March and April of 2016 available in a limited run cassette edition via Second House.
Each Oahu release involves a different approach to sound making, for Plant Life the following instrumentation was employed:
various small synthesizers
delay pedals in a feedback loop
Fostex and Tascam four track recorders
one tiny speaker
Tascam DR-05 digital handheld recorder
Track 3 (Redwood) was made with Korg LittleBits, and a sample from FM3 Buddha Machine 5
released April 14, 2016
all pieces performed and recorded by Oahu (Adrian Todd Webb)
mastering by Andrew Horton