Living in Tehran, Tegh and Kamyar Tavakoli create ambient, sonic paintings of their surrounding landscape. Created from field recordings, Through the Winter Woods melds layers of noise together to create sounds which are sometimes vast in scale and space and at others are enclosed and nervous.
Handmade 3” CDr, limited to 60.
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- Through The Winter Woods by Tegh & Kamyar Tavakoli
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 18 March 2015
Through the winter woods, you will find tiny 3” CDs and shiver when you find out that there’s only 60 of them. 60! I’m nervous handling this one, with its carefully handprinted card sleeve made from card that feels like bark itself but don’t worry the Hibernate mini-CD is busy whirring around in the player, tearing the skin off my ears in the process.
For that is the ambient displayed here, facetearing. It’s like shoegazing but with less sulking and foot fetishes. These two Iranians build larger-than-life replicas of their world using nothing but cement, bricks, guitars, synth and field recordings with a heavy dose of processing. The sheer distortion present on first track ‘Hollow’ is wonderful, the sad stretched chords indicating a cold winter indeed. It’s like a blizzard of hailstones buffeting you in the face propelled by gale-force winds. ‘Fractal’ contains maximum shimmer, I’m talking Tim Hecker-level fizzy undulating melody, undoubtedly yearning but on the edge of saturated destruction. It is on this boundary between melody and obscurity that great music lies.
The Heckerification continues til the end of the CD, a superposition of large sounds atop introverted feelings. While obviously derivative, it’s still a less abrasive and evolving interpretation of the big man’s style, and is an evocative little avenue of ambient music. Confining this release to 22 mins or so was a good move too. So yes we’ve been through the woods, and it’s a nasty but oddly comforting place to be.
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