LP £13.99 FAC004
180g LP in heavy sleeve with a download and A2 poster on Fluid.
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John McCaffrey is one of those artists who goes under multiple pseudonyms to distinguish between his work of different styles. You might already be familiar with his work as Part Timer or Upward Arrows. On this record he's recorded a load of piano and organ in a church one afternoon with his friend and collaborator Heidi Elva, and then used those recordings as source material for an album of cut up samples and manipulated sounds. Although Elva found the resulting sounds “unrecognisable”, it's not mind-mangling musique concrete he's come out with, but a series of soothing, melodic, ethereal meditations. Gorgeously captured piano tones with swells of drone and occasional moments of field recordings and I think I spotted a violin at one point. The cover art is pretty cool, too. Very mysterious, with almost no text and a lovely big double-sided poster with black and white photos of cemetery angels. I guess for me this falls between the modern minimal tinkly likes of Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds and the more composed ambient/drone types like Stars Of The Lid or A Winged Victory For The Sullen. Rich, absorbing, detailed, glacially paced music that you'll find yourself smoking cigars to, on your own, late at night, on the balcony of an Eastbourne hotel, in the nude, in October, while a pair of homeless men fight over a sandwich in the car park opposite.
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