Recommended by us on 26th August 2010.
M. Ostermeier already has two CDs this year — both in mini-album form. Percolate (Parvo Art, 2010) featured his acoustic and Rhodes piano mixed with Labradford-esque guitars over minimal electronic beats. On Lakefront (Hibernate, 2010) the beats had evaporated and the infusion of electronic textures and eld recordings yielded something more organic, more haunting. Throughout, the fragmented piano established a melancholic and re ective mood but more through style than through melody. These releases garnered strong reviews in The Wire, Textura, and The Silent Ballet for juxtaposing melancholic stillness with restrained post-rock urgency.
Here on Chance Reconstruction, his rst full-length release, both mood and melody come into focus. The acoustic piano provides a warmth and familiarity that o sets the abstract electronics and eld recordings that decorate the periphery. Unlike the thick melancholy that lled every corner of Lakefront, Chance Reconstruction at times displays a wistful playfulness and at others a peaceful contentment that comes from accepting the world as it is. But even as the form shifts from meandering tone poems to miniature Goldmund-esque piano pieces, there is no doubt that the operating word still is 'melancholy.' The hesitant piano melodies take on an almost conversational form, but from someone repeating and rephrasing his thoughts as he talks to himself, imagining di erent outcomes of something he cannot change. This inward, re ective stillness permeates and elevates the proceedings of this debut release for Tench.
James Luckett’s beautiful landscape photography (comsumptive.org) is featured throughout this digipak release. His photographs have graced recent releases by Zelienople and The Delgados.
Marc lives in Baltimore in the US where these tracks were recorded. He was the driving force behind the 1990’s shoegaze/post-rock band Should and is also the co-owner of Words On Music, an independent record label.
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