Fairge means ‘the ocean’ in Scottish Gaelic. The sweeping soundscape, performed on organ and cello with addition electronics is the second album by Claire M. Singer, a Scottish musical polymath who did every little thing on this record. It was commissioned by Oude Kirk, Amsterdam’s oldest building, and first performed there earlier this year. The theme, feeling and sounds very much follow on from her 2016 debut, Solas.
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I was accidentally playing Claire M Sanger’s new excursion for Touch underneath an emo record with quite the attitude, and was this [precise finger gesture] close to hailing a marked change in direction. In fact Sanger is still making super-slow string drone, offering a sturdy broth of endlessly sustained organ chords and ambient sheen for her cello to occasionally float towards.
An oceanic soundscape commissioned for Amsterdam's oldest ever building, its slow and stately manner is par for the course. The juxtapositions within are so massive -- the feeling of a burdening heavy weight comes in the long, languishing tones, but her flowing string-work acts as inspiration, a guiding light that keeps hope crystalline in the back of her listener’s mind.
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