As The Greatest Hoax, composer Taylor Jordan has set out to write music to be listened to during the process of dying. Though we can’t (yet) tell you how well it works in its intended context, we do know that Expiration Compositions is a rich set of music thoughtful music for piano, strings and ambient electronics. A subtle work, far from the heavy-handed doominess you might expect. Out on Serein.
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What the hell, Clint? I was away a WEEK -- one whole week in the countryside, deep in the rolling moors amongst the heather and sheep, hardly a person in sight, granted -- and I return to find this in my review pile… This CD: Expiration Compositions, written to be listened to while dying. No, I’m not joking; Washington, D.C.’s Taylor Jordan in his guise as The Greatest Hoax presents his second LP, this time ruminating on the optimistic prospect of a peaceful death. Still, at least none of the sounds here were bleated or clucked. The music on this record is appropriately melancholic given the theme; sombre yet absolutely serene.
Jordan sets about the task of walking with us, hand in hand, to guide us along the path which will happen to us all eventually; although likely not for all of us at such a languorous, leisurely pace (and I’m really sorry about that). A sequence of nine tracks begins with the slow-burning piano, gently looping synth and low bass hum of ‘Senescence’, strings percolating in from Mark Bridges’ cello with his quartet, leading into the softly elegiac ‘Left You Behind’. It’s one of a series of lamentations -- continuing with the gorgeous palettes of lights and darks displayed on ‘As The Light Dims’ -- amongst a record filled with light celebrating the transient nature of this thing we call life. Yeah, that was a bit heavy for a Monday. It’s probably best not to listen to this straight after The Caretaker’s ‘Everywhere At The End of Time’.
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