This is no mere pulling together of random samples and throwaway ominous tones. Concerned Londoner Kate Carr has pieced together 'Heatwave' - a six track of recordings taken over a searingly hot weekend in the capital. The result is an exploration into both the prosaic and more concerning aspects of global warming.
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Think heatwaves are fun do you? Huh? Huh? Well, they are a bit fun. But I guess sometimes things can be fun and also a sign of impending doom. Kate Carr certainly agrees, as her latest tape ‘Heatwave’ is not interested in being the sound of the summer.
Rather, it is the sound of a summer. On one of the many heatwaves the UK has been subject to in recent years, Carr took recordings of how the world outside her flat dealt with the unexpected temperatures. People opened their windows, they played music loudly, they drank a lot. Though these sounds alone would have painted a more joyful image than what we actually get.
One hot day on its own is nothing to worry about, but when they start coming one after the other… it’s time to write to your local government representative. Carr captures this creeping dread by adding sinister and stressful ambience to her field recordings. ‘Sticky Skin’ sounds like an air conditioning unit from hell, its deep bassy exhale making you regret ever having turned it on. ‘Intersection’ is the messy headfuck you get from car after car passing you with the radio booming.
‘Shimmers Rising’ almost lets you enjoy the heat. Something like a melody emerges from the hot dirge, the optimism of a sunny day. It then falters, and is finally pierced by a siren. There’s a climate emergency.
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