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I haven't encountered the work of Ingram Marshall before but this label's last reissue was Arthur Russell so they have my attention here. On this LP is a shortish piece called 'Fog Tropes' and five longer pieces which make up the lengthy Gradual Requiem suite. 'Fog Tropes' combines field recorded foghorns and nautical sounds as well as some weird falsetto vocals alongside a brass sextet treated with tape delay. It's haunting and evocative, intended to leave the listener stranded in suspension, and is very effective.
Over the course of 'Gradual Requiem' Marshall's delay experiments continue through a series of instruments, beginning with a slow and droney synthesizer before a mandolin joins in, and by the second movement we have a piano plinking away quite energetically, the echoes causing all sorts of accidental shapes to emerge. The remaining three move from breathy gambuh (Balinese flute) tooting to methodically twinkling mandolin and piano to wailing vocal drones and finally a thoughtful closing passage on synthesizer, mandolin and piano which inverts the melody of the opening passage, or so the composer's liner notes explain.
It's a weird and beautiful record that uses tape echo in a very soulful and explorative way. Well worth a listen.
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