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- GH003 / 'White Edition' LP on Glass, House AKA Jefre Cantu-Ledesma and Liz Harris (Grouper). Edition of 500 copies.
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- Event Of Your Leaving by Raum
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With its completely anonymous-looking sleeve, this LP was the wildcard in this week's review mountain, so I'm pleasantly surprised to open it up and discover that it is in fact by Raum, who are in fact the duo of Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (Tarentel, The Alps) and Liz "Grouper" Harris, and these five tracks here are "a loose set of memories, dreams, and images interpreting the work of visual artist Vija Celmins for piano, guitar, keyboard, voice, and tapes". Vija Celmins is a Latvian-American artist best known for photorealistic paintings which focus on the chaos and repetition found in nature. If you've not seen her intricate and mind-boggling paintings of spiderwebs and seascapes and starry skies then I suggest you take a look.
As you would imagine from these two esteemed sound artists, this LP is full of blurry drones, distant melodies and soft static hums that gently resonate and unfold in slow-motion, a comforting glimpse of the infinite, fading in and out in a suggestion, as in the framing of Celmins' paintings, that they're merely a snapshot of a much larger and constantly-shifting ocean of sound. 'Blood Moon' is impressing me a lot on first listen, a mixture of rumbling earth's core distortion which may or may not have started out as a guitar along with angelic swells of blurred vocals which drift determinedly underneath and some barely-perceptible new age synths. It sounds like you would expect a collaboration by these two to sound, relaxing and excellent.
10/10 Kbeard Customer review, 12th March 2014
This is the sound of drone getting happy..slowly..its on one. Blissed out, smiling in the sun, floating away. Its a return to 'Oceanic Rock'.. Beautifully packaged in a white on white textured wraparound sleeve on white vinyl this is something to hunt down and keep...you'll be thankful in years to come when your still playing it a few times in a row. Imagine Cocteau Twins 'The Moon & The Melodies' droned out & jamming with Barn Owls equally blissed Higuma project with Flying Saucer Attack's instrumental lo-fi textures and a touch of Thomas Koner. Thats this album! Its perfect for the genre. 'In Stellar Orbit' literally is..its out there..if Robin Guthrie was an astronaut and his line was cut, this is what he'd be listening to as he drifted off into the void. You can imagine this track being played for hours in a studio and never becoming dull.. The B Side ( Event Of Your Leaving/ In Held Company/ Blood Loss) contains 3 tracks that just seep into each other. Its ghostly...angelic in parts..you can imagine this being played in a a huge reverb soaked cathedral. Thats what is sounds like..a live recording of just minimal piano, layers of delayed reverbed vocals & guitars trailing off into nothing.. Its hushed silence is there for it to be played really loud so you can feel the music smother you and notice its textures as each track peaks in its blurred soundscape before fading away gradually. This album will chill you out, leave you smiling...and make you play it again with the lights out.
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