Australian composer and saxophonist Daniel Thorne of Immix Ensemble strikes out on his own with Lines Of Sight. He mixes avant garde composition with classical, jazz, noise and even a bit of folk. He limited himself to just a handful of instruments and recorded them using only four tracks. The result is powerful and immersive. LP and CD on Erased Tapes.
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Daniel Thorne is a Liverpudlian composer best known for his work with experimental collective Immix Ensemble, Lines Of Sight is his debut solo album. It's a powerful and cinematic work that draws on ideas of perspective and relation. Everything on this album was written, recorded, and mixed by Thorne, and this clarity of vision is something that really comes through in the music. Lines Of Sight clocks in at a relatively concise thirty-seven minutes and no piece is longer than seven minutes which, for an experimental classic record, is ruddy bloody good going. Although there are many drones and extended notes, this album never feels washy. Parts of this album reminded me of the way Bon Iver uses natural instruments such as the saxophone in such a way that they sound other-worldly and almost digital. On opening piece ‘From Inside, Looking Out’, the saxophone drones sounds similar to analogue synthesizers such are their timbre. I’d love to hear Thorne start experimenting with some beats to glue everything together. In a perfect world, this LP would be chopped up, remixed, and given some techno damage.
I love the way each piece seamlessly enters new phases, they twist, turn, and shift in focus. The masterful way this is done is testament to Thorne’s talent as a composer. Each piece is delicate and gentle, but there are more brooding elements that throw everything into sharper focus. There are elements of dissonance on ‘From the Heavens’ and fantastic, dark electronic textures on ‘Threnody for a Burning Building’. ‘Threnody’ in particular could perhaps be a reference to some great tragedy. The themes Thorne touches on in his album, ‘how something incredibly complex like a river or the surface of the ocean is reduced to a simple line or shape when viewed from the heavens’ could refer to how the passage of time dulls the impact of all tragedies and makes them seem lesser. In this case, then, Lines Of Sight is not only an accomplished and impressive work, it is also a humane one.
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