SIRÈNE by Robert Curgenven

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SIRÈNE by Robert Curgenven
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8/10 Mike 02 July 2014
Here's the latest collection of thoughtful texturescapes from Robert Curgenven, who's already put out some of his cerebral minimalism on the esteemed L-NE imprint, including a collaboration with label honcho Chartier. The four tracks here all follow a similar template - 16-foot pipe organs recorded in five separate churches (St Paul, Ludgvan; St Winnow, Towednack; St Uny, Lelant; St Wyllow, Lanteglos, St Cyrus & Juliette, St Veep), with additional textures provided by turntables, acetates and dubplates.   The pieces on here seem to each follow some sort of conceptual basis, for example the third track (which boasts the most unwieldy title of the week - 'The Internal Meta-Narrative of Turner's Tempest As He Is Tied To The Mast in Order to Create the Direct Experience of the Drama Embodied Within a "Snow Storm - [wherein a] Steam-Boat off a Harbour's Mouth making Signals in Shallow Water, and going by the Lead. [is rendered by virtue of the claim that] The Author was in this Storm on the Night the Ariel left Harwich"') is a meditation on the painter Turner's fictionalised insertion of himself in the context of an entirely imaginary seascape, while in closer 'Imperial Horizon (for Caliban)' the organ drones are paired with a distant, muddied 78 of the second movement of Beethoven's 'Eroica' symphony (as well as cleverly tying in to the 'Tempest' theme of the previous track.   In spite of these lofty concepts, the general feel I'm getting from this album is one of slow-moving grace, moving between threatening discordant drift and tranquil peace vibes. The droning organs are ever present of course, along with subtle crackles, hisses and hums which fill out the drones into strangely indistinct, foggy layers full of subtle tone interactions. One to avoid if you don't like drones, but if you do then there's plenty to get your teeth into here.


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