Western Edges is the ambient/electronic solo project of Richard Adams, a name that might ring a bell for fans of Leeds band Hook. 'Prowess' is a new collection of ambient songs, here and there enhanced with electronic percussion. In that aspect, 'Solid Gold Soul' is an enjoyable and dreamy techno tune, something between GAS and Biosphere. The only thing is, it's pretty short, clocking off at a bit over two minutes. Many of these tracks are short. Tiny shimmers of ambient tunes, driving on minimal soundscapes and meandering loops.
Opener 'You Look So Beautiful From Up Here' and 'Very Good On The Rushes' are my favorite tracks here. The first is something for fans of acts like Eluvium while the others is a dark dancefloor filler with mildly distorted beats and hints of synthpop. Closer 'Absence' is the longest track and surprisingly it nudges more towards shoegaze and post rock than ambient. Yeah, this can be a well varied genre, something that this album certainly proves. So no complaints there, on the very contrary. 'Prowess' is another one of those splendid releases this label. Collectors know what to do.