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- Three Parts by Robert Turman
9/10 Ant Staff review, 01 May 2014
These Robert Turman LP’s just keep coming, and this is yet another gem in his immensely impressive but modestly sized catalogue; considering he’s been releasing records since 1981. The LP if you hadn’t guessed from the title is composed of three parts, the title of each is simply the tracks duration. The first part 15’13” is completely mesmerising. The way Turman layers his loops and allows them to interact organically with each other results in something both hypnotic and deeply mystical. This could very well be mistaken for a Terry Riley piece. It has a real devotional/ spiritual weight coupled with a sort of inexplicable sadness that seems to surface around midway through; with brittle keys, and somber bass augmenting the organ loops. I could just happily be locked into this for all of eternity.
8’27” continues in a similar mood with a slightly tweaked palette and follows on very nicely from the previous track. The way Robert constructs the flow and continuity of his albums really does make them records to consume in their entirety. Again a heavy mystical vibe to this one, for me conjuring images of an ancient egyptian ritual/ ceremony.
5’34” really gives me the impression that these tracks were composed around the same period as ‘Beyond Painting’. The guitar motifs have a very similar feel and likewise the lo-fi straight to cassette recording, complete with lovely tape hiss sounds like it could have been from the very same sessions. If you’ve been seduced by the sheer magnificent beauty of the recent vinyl issue of that particular record on Fabrica then you ought to be making some space on the shelf for this to nestle up right next to it, that's if you can keep it off your turntable for long enough.
Another magical and vital record from an artist in a league of his own. Highly recommended.
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