Sarah Davachi Vinyl, CD & tapes by Sarah Davachi 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 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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