8/10 Clinton Staff review, 28 February 2014
Here is a brand new record from the Scottish composer Ben Chatwin aka Talvihorros who has already released a series of well received records over the past half decade.
Here he moves somewhat in a more electronic direction and as with many other manipulators of sound in the current climate the ghost of John Carpenter isn’t far away. On the second part of opener ‘Little Pieces of Discarded Life‘ he slowly builds up a churning loop of processed synth including what appears to be a clarinet gradually distorting the whole piece as it goes until it collapses under its own weight. Reminding us of mostly of Tim Hecker, on ‘Four Walls‘ he uses plucked acoustics and the odd electric to build up a gentle piece with hints of ancient folk music creeping through the mix. Later, it builds with more post-rock like dynamics which are more in keeping with the work of the likes of A Silver Mount Zion, but with a more electronic tip.
There are plenty of pretty plucked pieces ‘Discarded Life ‘ is a quite lovely with lots of interweaving guitars of different timbres not umlike some of Phelan Sheppards work. Elsewhere ‘Dyspnea‘ veers more into a spaced out drifty haze using what sounds like a backwards percussion effect along with the eerie 70’s/80’s almost Vangelis synth drones.
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