‘Cascade’ is the first new album release in over two years from classically trained musician and composer William Basinski. New York based Basinski has been working in experimental media for over thirty years, utilising ancient technologies to create haunting, melancholic soundscapes through tape loop compositions of long forgotten instruments. ‘Cascade’ is an oscillating undercurrent built out of a solitary, broken piano loop which is deconstructed through a process of feedback loops for the bonus track ‘The Deluge’.
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8/10 Jim Staff review, 23 April 2015
Ambient minimalist William Basinski returns with a new album featuring a single forty-minute track (plus an exclusive download) of his deceptively simple but immediately recognisable music. Employing his usual method of letting melodic loops play out on decrepit tapes until they literally decay before your very ears, it’s another dreamily immersive meditation on memory and loss that will be lapped up by the many fans Basinski gained with his near legendary ‘Disintegration Loops’.
The track here, ‘Cascade’ features a simpler, more stripped down sound palette compared to his synth-based loops; instead it features a rolling piano loop that seems to shimmer through a haze of upper-midrange imprecision. The loop itself flows a lot like the waves that adorn the cover, with fleeting harmonic details emerging from the soupy analogue sound; the recognisable structure of the actual piano motif becoming almost imperceptibly more spectral until it finally fades completely into a quietly resonating feedback drone. It’s the kind of music that can strike you as being heartrendingly evocative one day or like watching paint dry the next, but always a unique listening experience either way.
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