Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Michael Pisaro / Hakon Stene & Kristine Tjøgersen - Asleep, Street, Pipes, Tones [Hubro Music]

Released on June 16th, 2k17 via the Norwegian imprint Hubro Music is "Asleep, Street, Pipes, Tones" by the American composer Michael Pisaro, who sees seventeen of his - untitled, but numbered - works being interpreted by Hakon Stene & Kristine Tjøgerson on this album. Starting off with a sequence of pulses of varying, yet electroacoustic nature we're taken into an abstract, hypnotizing realm of sound incorporating both excerpts of droning Field Recordings as well as rich, klaxon-esque tones as well as a combination of both, Isolationist Ambient, eerie fragments of singing choirs covered in layers of wind noises as well as melodic, melancholia inducing wind instrument minimalism - probably played on a french horn in "IV". More ultra calm sonic sequentialism mixed with beauteous Ambient traditions is to be found in "VI + VII", a tune that later drifts off into more retrofuturist sound aesthetics, given the noises and movements present resemble those attributed to computational processes in 60s and 70s sci-fi flics. These sounds, alongside bass-focused drones are as well present in "VIII + IX", maybe one of the most intense cuts on this album, before a surprising, because unexpected, combination of acoustic guitar and slowly fading tones provides a more naturalistic, organic touch to the longplays progress in "X". An ultimate example of minimalist autumnal melancholia is provided with the somehow Post-PostRock resembling "XII" catering even a little bit of a film noir attitude whereas "XIII" serves highly intense, dramatic climaxes, "XIV" indulges in more romantic aspects of super stripped down instrumentation which find a proper continuation in the subsequent, ethereal "XV" bringing nothing but heavenly choirs to the table for a short while before the final tunes on "Asleep, Street, Pipes, Tones" are grouped around the theme of single piano tones and an overall feel of wanted, well welcoming loneliness. Highly recommended, this! 

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