From Karla Borecky comes the vinyl LP of Still in Your Pocket, a number of beautiful piano pieces recorded over three years. One track is titled The Sadness of Things (Mono No Aware), a principle which all traditional Japanese haiku and tanka are supposed to follow, relating to the transience of nature - a delicacy which is fitting for this album.
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7/10 ShaunCRogan Customer review, 12th February 2015
Karla Borecky has a heavy soul if the music contained on this exquisitely packaged and recorded set on Recital is anything to go by. The music therein is bleak. Solo piano compositions heavy on simple, repetitive and percussive (but not concussive) figures and patterns. At times it is almost unbearably raw, born you would think, from something unspeakably sad and intensely personal to the artist who made it. Fragments of melody are endlessly repeated and allowed to drift off into the air. On occasion they aim to blossom into something lighter and warmer but are inevitably drawn back again into something unsettling and dark.
I am reminded in many ways of the Ruth White reissues even though this is wordless acoustic piano compositions and the former was firmly in the electric camp. At other points in time I am reminded of Catherine Deneuve's performance in Polanski's 'Repulsion' as several pieces repeat discordant ascending/descending scales in a manner that is close to disturbing to the listener and certainly creates unease in a way that say your average death metal or industrial record could only dream of. No matter. If you can live in Karla's world and understand the psychodramas at play in these recordings then you will find some deep sense of reward and understanding in this record. Recital try to claim this record has a 'playful humour' and reference Erik Satie. This is somewhat disingenuous in my humble, a bit like saying 'In Utero' channels the spirit of Tiny Tim. 'Still In Your Pocket' is a series of pieces that flirt with madness and reflect an obsessiveness that hides a terrible beauty somewhere within its authors mind. Or in that of the listener.
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