Sarah Davachi Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
We're big phonies; we use the word drone to describe pretty much any piece of music that's still for more than five seconds at a time. Sarah Davachi, though? She embodies the word. A student of the piano and an expert of synths, her music does somet...read more »
We're big phonies; we use the word drone to describe pretty much any piece of music that's still for more than five seconds at a time. Sarah Davachi, though? She embodies the word. A student of the piano and an expert of synths, her music does something few have done since Eliane Radigue first graced us with her new world of sound: she bottles up energy in ambience. Davachi's pieces are full of activity, but they are still and resolute, offering a rare and focused kind of beauty that's somehow enthralling to listen to.
Davachi's output in the past few years alone is overwhelming: she's released about three of my own personal year-end favourites, starting with the stern icicle compositions of Baron's Court and continuing into the grainy, remote tone poems of Dominions, where she found the perfect soundtrack for the work of late filmmaker Paul Clipson. Her recent record for Sean McCann's Recital Program is a gorgeous and versatile collection that sees her experiment with subliminal melodies and extraterrestrial tones, while her visit to Alex Cobb's Student of Decay imprint resulted in All My Circles Run, in which she composed drones for a set of different instruments and timbres. For an artist so fixed in to a particular sonic palette, it's an amazing feat that Davachi simply keeps surprising us.
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Proving it's both a marathon and a sprint, drone artist Sarah Davachi puts out yet another record. Hot off the heels of the impressive baroque tone poem Let Night Come On Bells End the Day, Davachi makes the hop to Ba Da Bing! for a record of lonely, isolationist ambient music that refl...view item
A match made in heaven is tone drone genius Sarah Davachi and weirdo label Recital Program. Having previously appeared on compilations put out by Sean McCann's imprint, Davachi now goes full-length with Let Night Come On Bells End the Day, here retreating from her in...view item
The vast soundworld of Sarah Davachi expands a little further with All My Circles Run, her second LP of the year after the stunning modular portraits of Dominions. While that record continued to investigate Davachi's juxtaposition of straight-up tone drone and rippling, Radigu...view item
Vergers finds Sarah Davachi focusing on an EMS Synthi 100, coaxing long, pure, Radigue-esque tones out from it and then garnishing them with touches of violin and vocals. Space and scale are important parts of these compositions, which the listener can all to easily be fully absorbed into. Released by I...view item
Electroacoustic composer Sarah Davachi has undertaken her sophomore album Dominions in a more reserved way. Her debut, Barons Court was a much weightier affair in texture and tone. She recorded the album at her home in Vancouver using vintage synths and the beloved lo-fi sampler the Orchestron. Davachi’s ...view item
Sarah Davachi, musician and composer extraordinaire releases her debut album Barons Court, utilising her MFA in Electronic Music to bring you all sorts of weird, wonderful vintage and new synthesiser sounds. More minimalist drone than full-on and including a variety of other instruments played by Davachi and others. Vinyl ...view item
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