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- ...And Then In The Morning by Kreng
9/10 Steven Customer review, 3rd September 2013
The Seven Pieces series perfectly embodies the label’s high standard, its selection of intimate recordings and its attentiveness to details - maybe even more than their album output. The 7” singles released by Berlin based Sonic Pieces are delightful hand crafted treasures that grow in beauty with every issue; and Pepjin Caudron’s contribution as Kreng delivers three short episodes so close to the artist it once again makes you feel like experiencing a live performance. These recordings, just as the three previous issues, offer the artists an opportunity to experiment with their sounds or, if you will, to just be themselves with no limitation but the 7” format. But maybe the shortness of the material just underlines the immediacy of the recordings. It’s like a brief intimate moment that, even though it has been worked on in detail, seems like some breathtaking landscape one is passing by on a train: It won’t be there for long but is just the more important due to that fact.
Kreng dedicates his three compositions to the topic of dreams. Through an open call for entries he received recorded stories from people all over the world telling about dreams they were experiencing. Two of these tales made it into Kreng’s music by building moving soundscapes of piano, strings and subtle electronics around the voices. The result is just as absorbing and curious as dreams can be so often and manages to capture something very unique: The beauty of the subconscious.
It’s a great achievement by the artist to put this into music. And it’s a great achievement by the label to release it in the usual painstaking artwork. Such devotion depends on true love for the details and is very rare in today’s recording landscape. I can’t wait for the three remaining singles of this series.
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