This new tape from don't drone alone is courtesy of Chrissie Caulfield (Helicopter Quartet, CSMA), an experimental violinist & synthbarbler based in our hometown of Leeds, Yorkshire. Inspired by a local quarry and played in one single take, the 30-minute A side veers from fragile string slicings to monolithic chunks of FX-drizzled sound and back. A synth ode to Blade Runner on the B side concludes things. Limited run of 50 !
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Stop me if I’m wrong, but as far as I can tell, this appears to be the debut release from Chrissie Caulfield. However, on the merits of this cassette, I suspect she’s been quietly honing her craft for some time. Utilizing violin and effects on the hugely evocative, epic thirty minute ‘From the Carboniferous’ she turns our vision into half sepia / half infra-red. Partly inspired by a quarry in Horsforth, Leeds, her violin seemingly transports us back in time, evoking memories of a haunted Yorkshire landscape. Yet the soundscapes she conjures with the use of f/x / electronics suggest the same landscape in the future. It’s as though the past and future were overlapping - two points in time bleeding into one another - a barren, windswept, desolate quarry seen/heard with the droning of heavy industry that isn’t there in past or present. It’s as though two photo negatives were overlaid, or it were being viewed with augmented reality. The violin’s untreated, naked beginning all but dissolves, evolving into a piece that has me imagining something akin to the widescreen pastoral scenes from “The Zone” in Andrei Tarkovsky's classic film ‘Stalker’.
After such a lengthy single track, the ghostly, mysterious ‘Seeing Through Walls’ is less demanding in its eight minute duration, but no less absorbing. As the title suggests, there’s a magical sense of discovery of what we might find when we peel back the layers of matter, a desire to reveal what lurks beyond and beneath our perception.
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