12” vinyl on Umor-Rex, limited to 300 copies. Sirens is the first collaborative LP of Kara-Lis Coverdale and LXV. Layered sampling amidst an enveloping and ever growing dronescape that would do Alva Noto proud. Uplifting and evocative soundscapes that would fit nicely alongside Julianna Barwick and Brian Eno’s Apollo.
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9/10 Laurie Staff review, 27 May 2015
The mythical pantheon of Crystalwave was only discovered a couple of months back with Raica’s Dose, a record that blinded with sparkly shine and crystalline growths. Now, a mere 5 months into the year of our lord MMXV, we witness the unearthing of a second coming. Born from the minds of Kara-Lis Coverdale and a group of letters known as LXV is the gemstone Sirens and it ain’t no flint.
Truth be told, the joke grew old the first time maybe. But we haven’t heard amethyst hues like this since Dose, and such fragmented, glittering ambient sound evokes wonder so strong that you can’t help but make ludicrous whimsical paragraphs about it. So how about an informative one? OK.
I guess that I must inform that these two have had solo cassettes on Sacred Phrases, with Kara-Lis Coverdale also releasing one on Constellation Tatsu, which sort of puts them in context but what they did apart doesn’t apply here. This is a gorgeous melding of processed vocal and textural synthwork, or perhaps harps, or maybe violins? The parts are hard to separate from the whole. You’ll be greeted by a melancholic piano line which gets dropped into a bath of digitised breath, the sense of longing and introspection hanging over the bubbly melange. You hit some weird sections early-ish on in the second half, but the majority is gently beautiful, with the vocals jumping between recogniseable and buried deep to paint their loving image.
Fans of Oneohtrix Point Never’s vocal choppery on R Plus Seven will jump at this, and Ian William Craig’s A Turn of Breath goes without saying. The drifting melancholy is also in line with Tim Hecker’s stuff but less noisy and, well, creepy. ILY Tim. Anyway enough of the routine comparisons, well done Kara-Lis, well done letters LXV, well done Umor Rex and well done Crystal.
10/10 Marken O Customer review, 4th July 2015
I've never heard anything like this. Crosses into some sort of unchartered terrain in orchestral music but wearing a new, alien vernacular. Really, songs to get shivers to, and for repeated listens. Such a unique pairing too, if you check out their solo work - Coverdale with her background in modern composition ... read about it in The Wire. She's worked with Tim Hecker too. And LXV with these weird information-based sounds... really unique, and I hope they do something else together. Have been waiting for something that goes to these places for a long time. Buy it ...
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