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- Marking Time by Richard Skelton
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In the pastfew years I have become a bigger fan of simple and elegant works,sometimes consisting of a single instrument, sometimes of a singletheme. I wonder if it is perhaps related to the process of aging and acalming mind. Ambient music begins to make more sense. The silence inbetween is just as important as the sound around it. On Marking Time, Richard Skeltonuses a limited palette of organic instruments to reveal an elementaryartistic craftsmanship through slowly drawn out, bowed and scratchedstrings, plucked guitars, and light touches of piano keys. In thespotlight of dark themes stands a lonely cello, sometimes agonizingover long lost hours of silence, sometimes sad for settled dust.Surrounded by echoing instruments it cries in monotonic notes, sans anyswings in harmony, repeating the oscillating frequencies assigned toeach fret of a string. It is like a pendulum on a grandfather's clockthat the musicians on Marking Time bow the strings back andforth, back and forth, in a tireless rhythm, while something scratchesin the attic, perhaps to gain an entrance, but most likely to escape.It is this tone that tells a story. A story that is neither sad norhappy, neither good nor bad, but is simply just there. Like changingweather. Like cycling seasons. And like life and death. Marking Time is Skelton's first release under his real name. His previous works were put out under a number of monikers including Clouwbeck, Heidika, Carousell and A Broken Consort. This is also the first album that came out on a label other than his own, Sustain-Release.The latter, is a private press operation full of works by Skeltonhimself, dedicated to his wife, Louise, who died in 2004. This losscontinues to seep through Skelton's works in a sound of sorrow. After Marking Time got picked up by Australian label, Preservation, in 2008, it was well received by the critics. And earlier this year, John Twells of Type Recordshad put out a beautiful, limited edition, remastered vinyl pressing ofthe album, featuring Skelton's own photographs on the cover.Recommended for all of your modern classical and soul resting needs.Fans of Lawrence English, Elegi, Machinefabriek, Jasper TX, Svarte Greiner, Rudi Arapahoe and of course, Hildur Guðnadóttir, will be delighted.
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