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This is a nice looking picture disc, with printing on the PVC sleeve like a Pan record, only it's on Corvo. Similar experimental chunterings to what you'd expect from something on Pan though. The Thorsten Soltau sound is a big concrete sound collage with evolving loops of weird found sounds which are evocative and bordering on musical. At one point the chime of a piano peeks out of the hiss with a handful of tinny chords, wibbling around crazily as if it's being spun by hand before sticking on a loop...it's a weird journey he's taking us on but not an objectionable one, and now I've settled into it I'm finding it pretty charming in it's own stuttering, broken way. On the other side there's Preslav Literary School. Opening with some recorded German speech that gives way to a deconstructed Bach fugue slowed almost to a standstill to create a shimmering Basinski-esque soundworld that clocks in just shy of 20 minutes. The use of space is reminding me of Johann Johannsson's epic Virthulegu Forsetar in the way it allows for chunks of near-silence to let the sounds really breathe, making for masterful late-night headphone music. When the music kicks in after a period of near-emptiness it's got a really uplifting and cleansing quality to it. Both pieces on this LP are pretty long, and they showcase very different aspects of plunderphonics, and each is rewarding in its own way.
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