Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Reinier Van Houdt - Paths Of The Errant Gaze [Hallowground Promo]

Put on the circuit via the highly interesting Hallowground label on October 28th, 2k16 is Reinier Van Houdt's most recent longplay piece "Paths Of The Errant Gaze" in which the classically trained pianist who currently also plays with the legendary Apocalyptic Folk outfit Current 93 expands the borders of his work to a certain extent. In "Atopic Radio" he fuses dark, threatening soundscapes with cut-ups taken from various, random radio recordings and therefore explores territories roamed by great artists like Robin Rimbaud a.k.a. Scanner, "The Fabric Of Loss" is a deep, contemplative take on minor key Piano Ambient for cold winter nights which seamlessly transitions into the sound of the "Oprhic Asylum", piling up quite a bunch of off kilter wind instruments and horrifying, unidentifiable and surely goosebump-evoking sounds to a quite unsettling effect, before the "Vessel" leaves the shores to glide into the beauteous angelic postapocalysms of Total Ambient.  On the flipside we see "Gaussian Veils" slo-mo bass pulses meet sparse piano tones and mysterious vocals to re-define theatrical minimalism in a way that seems to be influenced by the artists work with Current 93, the epic 10+ minutes of "Transfinite Spectre" explore the cold, buzzing digital surface Noize of the cyberspace and all its dynamic, and sometimes even harsh and brutal, levels before the short skit named "Vapour" concludes this recommended album on a fragile, near acoustic piano tip. Nice one.


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