Ltd handmade CDr on Rural Colours. Numbered edition of 100 copies.
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- Euplexia by Isnaj Dui
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We've got a lovely treat from the Rural Colours lot this week in the shape of the new album by Katie "Isnaj Dui" English, which comes housed in a beautiful three-panel card sleeve which I believe has been lino- and letterpress-printed by the artist herself. I do like a nice hand-printed sleeve.
Sonically it's an ambitious affair, with five tracks which blend flutes and dulcimer with subtle electronic beats and drones and field recordings. In places the understated ambient drift and lolloping dinky beatwork drift into almost trip-hoppy territory, like on 'Duelol' where a flickering beat like echoed footsteps is joined first by a sleepy synth melody and then increasingly overtaken by a shrill discordant drone that hovers overhead at chilly odds with the otherwise relaxing melodies assembled beneath it. I'm surprised to be reminded of the likes of Forest Swords and Horror Inc here (although that comparison doesn't apply to the whole album by any means).
I think I was expecting this collection to be more serene and ambient when in fact there's loads going on and a delicately attuned balance between almost spiritual stillness and constantly shifting textures and melodies with a sometimes confrontational playfulness about them. These are finely detailed sound collages which demand your full attention, but reward it too.
Quite remarkable, possibly the best of her many releases that I've heard. I strongly recommend you pick one of these up while they're still around!
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