‘Airships Fill the Sky’ is built on loops, skips and folds of electronics and live instrumentation. Though two of the instruments are among my least favorite: accordion and saxophone, Packard manages to transmute them well enough into structure to sufficiently abrogate the effects.
The album has a heaviness that belies the title. It brings to mind the Tim Hecker of ‘Haunt Me’ and ‘Radio Amor’, though the second track is experimental in more of a Delay/agf vein with its mysterious vocal sample. The weight of the music, which comes from the lush chords and textured stabs, is balanced by a delicacy in the structures, and this parity gives the album, overall, the lugubrious grace of an old zeppelin. Its depth and pace can offer solace and rejuvenation on a quiet afternoon.
The album is one half of a package that includes a DVD of material drawn from a live performance with artist Joshua Ott. Ott's smooth abstractions are a good fit with Packard’s sound; a nice taster for what must be more impressive live.