Friday, July 01, 2016
After introducing the video for Pierce Warnecke's track "Remnants Remembered" on these pages a few days ago it's now about time to examine his new longplay piece "Memory Fragments" from which the mentioned track was taken and which has been released via the Australian Room40-imprint in late May 2k16. Based and built around the idea that the human brain can never recall events excactly as they were IRL the artists first full-on solo album opens with lonely, dark, minor piano chords fading out, accompanied by Drones and sparse additional sounds in "Fragments Of Things Forgotten" which is the first of four tunes grouped under the subtitle of "Part 1 - Hidden Beyond The Rays Of Sunlight". Following up is the "Recursive Sedimentation Of Thoughts", a beautiful Ambient / Deep Listening experience, "Silent Light Reveals The Unreal" presents a slow ebb-and-flow rhythm of minimalist, yet intense qualities with an emphasis on alarming higher mid frequencies and a slightly retrofuturistic attitude in which the piano chords of the opening tune are making a short comeback before the first two thirds of "Built On Folds And Braids" redefine scenic melancholia in a way that'd perfectly accompany open fires, red vine and long late night talks happening shortly before fall comes to an end but is later interrupted by heavy glitches, stuttering cuts and noisy distortion. "Part 2 - As The Cold Dust Of Time Settled" begins with "Sparseness Gave Way To Infinite" which is mostly comprised of minimalistic Drone layers which also play a role in the sparse, more sci-fi'esque follow up "Broadsided By Sudden Swells" which somehow evokes memories of Single Cell Orchestra's legendary album "Dead Vent 7" for some reason although the raw, wildly modulating bass synths seem to steer into a totally different, more adventurous direction. As we've previously talked about "Remnants Remembered" we're directly skipping to "Shivering As The Warmth Returns", the next that features Pierce Warnecke's lonely, trademark piano chords and combines them with swells of what seems to be field recorded wind blowing over abandoned sites and growling didgeridoo-resembling tones whilst the final cut "A Snake In Her Hair" moves in a slow, buzzzing, electric elegance that might remind some of Muslimgauze- or Goem-releases once put on the circuit via the Audio.nl imprint more than a decade ago. Defo a recommended album full of electronic beauty.