For an artist so amazingly prolific, it's incredible to think that Jon Attwood managed to find time to fill 3 CD's worth of music on to his non-album projects. However, remembering that this is the man whose Catherine Whiskey "EP" alone lasted seventy minutes, we perhaps shouldn't be so surprised. 'The Beautiful Season Has Past' explores the back catalogue of his music under the Yellow6 banner and its detail and smart presentation - not to mention some stunning material - makes it an essential purchase for Attwood followers.
The first Yellow6 single, included here, displays an almost naive obsession with distortion but it didn't take long for him to master the technique of elongated guitar masterpieces, drenched in reverb and dark melody. Much of Attwood's best work revolves around the time of 2000's 'Overtone' album. This opinion is backed up by the tracks which didn't make it on to that record. 'Normalize', in particular, is described as the nearest he got to the "Bark Psychosis you can dance to" mission he always set out to achieve and that's no idle claim. Like the best instrumental records, Yellow6 music is at its best the more emotional and melancholic it becomes; 'Rain (Again)', 'Depth' and 'Part1' and 'Sodium' from the previously unreleased "Enraptured Album" touch on the deepest, darkest soul music. Other highpoints include Attwood's interpretation of labelmate Portal's 'Naming Stars' and a rare but welcome diversion into drum and bass territory on 'One'. Granted, there are moments on the 220 or so minutes contained here which sound too similar to the next track but more often than not, these previously elusive singles and compilation tracks hit on a captivating melody shift or a stunning passage of elegance. For these reasons alone, long may Attwood's journey continue.