of desire, longing by Speaker Music

Musician and journalist DeForrest Brown Jr. brings his Speaker Music project to Planet Mu for the first time on his latest album of desire, longing. Consisting of two lengthy pieces of music taking up a side of vinyl apiece, titled ‘With Empathy’ and ‘Without Excess’, his style may be abstract but it paints a brilliant vision for music in 2019. 

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of desire, longing by Speaker Music
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7/10 Will 11 December 2019

As I write this review of Speaker Music's new album 'of desire, longing', I'm slurping on a big mug of sparkling water. The experience of the drink and listening to this album are somewhat similar. Both are made of tiny, crackling iotas of energy. The drink is full of bubbles and little surges, and 'of desire, longing' is packed with crackles, clipping, sizzles, splutters. You don't have to drink sparkling water to enjoy this record but I genuinely recommend it. Just tip your head back, drain the glass, keep it in your mouth, and press play. 

The sound of this record what I imagine will be playing on radios and TVs if the phone towers collapse. It's a slow descent into feedback. This is made even more prescient by the faint hoot of saxophone on opener 'with empathy' that occasionally plays in one headphone, lending the piece the feel of a short-circuited loop of theme tune music. Album closer 'without excess' is perhaps a little less abstract than 'with empathy' but both pieces are deeply odd. They feel squashed and crushed, made tiny by electronic imposition. 

'of desire, longing' is like a sonic desert. Edges blur into one another and top seems indistinguishable from bottom. Confusing yes, but wholly enjoyable. 



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