Rehydrated FatCat imprint 130701 continue to rain down new classical treats with the debut record from Resina, alias of cellist and general sound artist Karolina Rec. Resina emerged from an impressive demo tape and suggests an interpretation of the Polish underground scene -- as with most 130701 releases, it's a medley of both gorgeous and intense sounds.
9/10 Robin Staff review, 13 October 2016
“Tary I”, the opener to this self-titled record by Resina, is incredibly sad -- also, I reckon I could go sledging to it. Winter coats its held cello phrases, which chatter like teeth, trying their best to hold in place for gorgeous high octave melodies. Maybe I’m projecting, I am very cold, but this is a very gorgeous record that gives us yet another reason to believe in the rebirth of FatCat’s 130701 imprint, which has been going from strength to strength in its early doors.
Resina is Karlonia Rec, a cellist who makes pieces that dangle on the periphery of filmic: pieces olike “Flack” and “Tary II” are gorgeous triumphs waiting in tow as indifferent drones, the former relenting while the latter steadies its near-death motif, while “Nightjar” is more textured and relaying an avalanche of strings amidst a pindropping silence. At times this music can be as emotionally devastating as Jessica Curry’s soundtrack work; at other times it’s akin to the Library Tapes sound, creating a foggy lair of sound; at others, it brings itself in line with the noise cacophonies of Helen Money. “Nightjar”, in particular, is an absolutely wonderful piece of music that frightens in its separate wings of song: between its looping drone and its moody classicism, it basically becomes its own death metal.
This record comes after 130701 released Ian William Craig’s ‘Centres’, a record that did its best to exhume every possible sound its artist could perform. This record is just as versatile, another performance piece that feels like a clip reel: “Not Here”, the record’s final track, is a gorgeously melodic piece, kissed off with a choir waving goodbye. At the last moment, we're offered serenity in what's been a largely harsh climate. Dig this record out of the snow right fucking now -- it's wonderful.
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