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Fresh from performing 'Black Star' with pals at the recent Bowie tribute thing in New York, composer Jherek Bischoff has clambered into an empty two million gallon water vat in Washington state in order to improvise the pieces that have become 'Cistern'. While there he reflected on growing up on a sailing boat (none of these people have normal childhoods do they?) Anyway the result is this stellar album of orchestral innovation.   


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Cistern by Jherek Bischoff
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 14 July 2016
Jherek Bischoff is a composer who has helped do all those Bowie tribute things in New York of late which means he must be something dead special. He also recently clambered into a massive water vat in order to improvise the pieces that have become 'Cistern'. No toilet jokes.     First up, what a fresh new way of spelling Derek. Totally innovative. It also gives you an indication of Jherek’s compositional wizardry which takes a fresh new look at neo-classical composition. These pieces are grandiose yet melancholic, built around sweeping strings and cello plucks. It’s all very beautiful particularly ‘Closer to Closure’ which builds slowly and steadily as if the artist is building the sounds with lego, brick by brick. Other pieces are more abstract - ‘Headless’ uses slow moving strings and twanged guitar to result in something that is half Max Richter, half La Bradford. It’s very spacious and reverby and it’s easy to imagine that this was indeed recorded in a massive vat of something. There are shades of Sakamoto on ‘Lemon’ which strips everything back to some lonely cello plotting a way into your heart and mind.    It’s a delicious album of orchestral textures, always understated, always touching. In summary: it satisfies.   

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