Monday, September 05, 2005

Longplay love v4.0

Chicago based label Kranky announced catalogue number 086 and 087 for October 3rd.

Responsible for krank086 is Robert Lowe under his Lichens moniker coming up with an album named "The Psychic Nature Of Being" melting droney ambience and Post-Postrock structures within a running time of 42+ a bit minutes split into three tracks: "Kirlian Aures" , "Shoreline Scoring" and "You Are Excrement, You Can Turn Yourself Into Gold". Each of these three are recorded live without any additional overdubbing and/or editing - a documentary of Lichens fascinating live working process, creating a grainy clarity, a foggy brightness in sounds that can only be described as outer-terrestrian. This unearthly, hypnotic athmosphere is like an over-exposed photography of an autumn's landscape converted into sound, revealing some slightly balearic, finger picked guitar play from time to time that, in it's organic and concrete nature of sound, is the total opposite to the multi-layered, stretched tones Lichens uses to build about 90% of his upcoming album upon and it's especially "You Are Excremnt, You Can Turn Yourself Into Gold" which might be soundtracking a yet untold fairytale due to it's innocent feel that might be fitting as well as with NeoFolkists and fans of medieval music.

Christopher Bisonnette's album "Periphery" is krank087, based on transformed, re-edited and multi-processed source material of piano and orchestra sounds, which are - although the transformation and layering process always alters sound and structure of acoustic material - still shimmering through a dense melancholy, intense athmospheres and introspective fragility. Similar to albums like M. Behrens' "The Aesthetics Of Censorship / Lecture Feedback / Source Feddback" on Hamburg-based imprint Wachsender Prozess or Ekkehard Ehlers' "Betrieb" on former Mille Plateaux "Periphery" is right on the border between tonal and a-tonal music, an interesting experience in sound for those being into pure Experimental Music as well as lovers of the NeoClassical genre, the so-called Nouveau Severity.

October 10th sees the release of Ennio Morricone : "Crime and Dissonance" on Mike Patton's Ipecac-imprint, a collection of Morricone tracks from the timespan from 1969 through 1974. Having composed music for approximately 500 films during his career, exploring experimental, non-normative terrain far beyond of what might be called FreeJazz and also touching the field of popular music Ennio Morricone is one of or even the most prolific film composer of the 20th century - loved and adored or hated and misunderstood. It's "Love him or leave him" and nothing in between that. Same story with Mike Patton and his label Ipecac, heavily influenced by Morricone's sonic art - a better term than "music" could ever be, due to E.M.s not only composatory but also technical exploration of new fields, e.g. the use of stereo splittings for film music in the late 60's.
At the end of the day "Crime and Dissonance" is not made for easy consumption, but a compilation for true Morricone-lovers, collectors and those who trust in the term Uneasy Listening, as more than 80% of the featured tracks build up a nervous tension, are based upon shattering structures and loads of seemingly free improvised or in the end semi-improvised music. Only for the headstrong.


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