Though British recorder Duncan Lloyd began his Decade in Exile project in 2010, shortly after his father passed away, 'Transit/Pulse' is his first collection to explicitly explore that experience as subject matter. In his own words, the album 'looks at the time in which the human soul travels between the world of the living and the next' through similarly abstracted forms. Organized into two discrete passages, Lloyd meditates on the subconscious resonance of that transition, focused on both the departed and the identity which must reconcile and remain. Somber guitar, loops, and a heavily textured backdrop give some songs the character of ragas, particularly on shorter tracks. It is largely Lloyd's periodic singing that amounts to the album's only distinct signal for the shift from meditation to consciousness. These tracks are beautiful and willful, and among Lloyd's most varied creations to date.
"This offering from the UK’s Duncan Lloyd is both a beautiful and deeply spiritual experience. While guitar-centric, this tape offers no shortage of variety. We get everything from effects-soaked finger picking, to harmonically-rich feedback drones, to full-on songs with vocals and drums. If you want to mellow out and soar through the endless cosmos in a handful of minutes (you can’t actually do that) you can try it with this. Also, I haven’t checked, but I’m pretty sure this syncs up flawlessly with the Wizard of Oz. Give it a shot." -Ad Hoc
"...split between spectral, shoegaze-folk and multi-tracked guitar loops with every drop of emotional transference wrung from them. These multi-layered guitar lines and drones are reminiscient of the kind of worlds Yume Bitsu tried to create, and more specifically with their raga-like leanings in the percussion, more akin to the spiritual realm of post-Bitsu Adam Forkner projects. 'Pulse' is a bit more a subdued affair, much less focused on world-configuration than sending transmissions with enough signal strength to reach the other side. Long, sustained drones of amplifier-destroying severity punctauate this side of the tape. One of the most beautiful meditations on passing and the afterlife since Panda Bear's Young Prayer." -Tome to the Weather Machine
"No matter where exactly the music sits stylistically, it’s all done with a gentle touch that feels as soft as air, and Lloyd’s sentiments and emotions are felt with a palpable tenderness that extends beyond his meek, melodic singing that shows up rarely (but sure is welcome in its brevity). As a whole it’s a little sad, a little gray, a drizzle here and there. But like a good rain, 'Transit/Pulse' is one of those wonderfully necessary things we all need sometimes, to sit in front of and stare at for as long as it takes." -Tiny Mix Tapes