Gabriel Saloman made his name with Pete Swanson as Yellow Swans: unlike his former partner in crime with his noise-techno, Saloman has started creating a music that combines strong traditional Japanese influences with bowed guitars and percussive ambience. Movement Building Vol. 2 was developed alongside work with some ASMR enthusiasts (Youtube it), so has an intense focus on specific sonic details. On Shelter Press.
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- Movement Building Vol. 2 by Gabriel Saloman
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 30 October 2015
Bowed guitars? Resonant percussion? Speaker rattling? This all sounds too good to be true. Part 2 of (former?) Yellow Swan Gabriel Saloman’s Movement Building sees the man assemble some amazing tonalities into unfurling, complex meditations originally composed for a dance piece.
Wonderfully recorded instruments are presented in a slightly odd way - what the hell is that thing at the beginning of the 2nd track? A bag of insects on a hi-hat? Guitars are turned into constant melodic drones that echo the more minimal modern side of classical. Intuitive, blossoming figures from the drums imply a dancer’s graceful choreography, and high-pitched synth tones unsettle you in your seat. There’s patience in the way it progresses, spending time easing you into a certain sound world to build some sweet sweet tension before boiling over into crescendos that ask more questions than they answer. I believe this is what they call ‘being gripped’. When it’s time for the second side, you’re so ready for the trip that ‘Gagaku’ takes you on, from sparse instrumental touches through to gliding brilliance like shifting sand. It ends in distortion, which is just pushing this reviewer’s buttons all the way. So yeah, great things here.
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