Aine O’Dwyer moves from the harp, her prime instrument, to the full-sized organ of a church in Islington. The title refers to the fact that she was only able to use the organ when the church was being cleaned, and this accidental pseudo-audience of cleaners affected both the playing and the recording of O’Dwyer’s pieces. Double LP on MIE.
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Primarily known for plucking the harp, Aine O’Dwyer was given access to a very large organ situated in St Marks Church in Islington. She could use the organ whilst the church was being cleaned (hence the title) and this is the result of the music she composed over that period. It’s the type of music that could only be composed in a church - it has a meditative relaxing feel, you can hear the click of the keys and almost smell the pews. Occasionally a clatter appears and interrupts the soft playing, presumably the cleaners in action.
The album appears to be completely improvised and sometimes you’ll hear the clang of an incorrect note. The music impresses through atmosphere, rather than composition as it slowly lulls you into its world, the playing is ad hoc but never becomes wibbly with simple two note bass chords underpinning the trilling right hand. Lovely organ music and a perfect way to relax. This is an extended version of an earlier cassette, stretching the album across two big thick slabs of vinyl.
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