Renowned for his work as part of Climax Golden Twins as well as a solo artist, Robert Millis has always been adventurous in exploring what music could and should sound like. His latest LP Related Ephemera is based on the tactile nature of vinyl, and the crackles, scratches and sound imperfections that ownership and use of such an item means over time. 

Vinyl LP £14.49 HMS055

LP on The Helen Scarsdale Agency. Mastered and cut by Helmut Ehler at D&M, Berlin.

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Related Ephemera by Robert Millis
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8/10 Ant 02 July 2020

Stellar album of drones, ghostly voices, cello and beyond from Climax Golden Twin and Sublime Frequencies curator Robert Millis. Had I not looked under the hood of this one as it were, I don’t think I’d have guessed his methods of composition. Spoiler: Millis takes 78rpm shellacs and wax cylinders as his sound sources, utilizing the inherent limitations of the format to his benefit i.e the crackle, hiss and imperfections of decay. Basically, what are generally considered to be unwanted “noise” artefacts which increase with age/degradation. 

Collaged together with the samples are magnificent glassy drones extracted from the feedback of his collection of vintage gramophones. These sounds, in particular, are reminiscent of Nurse With Wound’s eternally haunting masterpiece ‘Soliloquy For Lilith’. They often feel like beams of light passing through time, reaching back in a feedback loop to the time of the original shellac and wax cylinder recordings.

If you feel like conceptually you may have heard all of this before in the work of The Caretaker or Philip Jeck, rest assured that Millis is really out on his own with this work. It wields a power and authenticity that seems to tap into something profound and paranormal which like the aforementioned NWW feels like genuine sorcery. Highly recommended.



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