Saturday, August 18, 2018

Olivia Block - 132 Ranks [Room40 Promo]

Scheduled for release via the Australian imprint Room40 is Olivia Block's most recent album "132 Ranks" which was composed as a commissioned piece for LAMPO and The Renaissance Society between 2016 and 2017. Premiered at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago as a hybrid between concert and sound installation we see Olivia Block present a 49 minutes one track piece that's starting on a slow build-up from near silence levels bringing forth atmospheric sounds and bass-focused drones from afar, mixing those up with fragile, tender high frequency sinewave transmissions before finally making an evolutionary move into braincell-crushing vintage sci-fi Ambient structures that could well function as a B- or C-movie score with its intense organ vibrations and minimalist melodic fragments whilst turning towards calmer, less artificial vibes around minute 21 to ride this warm, organic wave to very end of the album, partly accompanied by highly dramatic interludes and tender, crystalline chords for a deeply harmonic touch. Defo one worthwhile to add to your collection of long running Ambient albums for sure.


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