This release is an edition of 150 copies of pro-produced cdr with a digipack cover featuring photograph taken by Cheer in New York…
Alec Cheer is a Glasgow based musician interested in playing guitar and other such devices. He has various albums out on various labels. He has been playing in and beyond Glasgow for the past ten-ish years and supported the likes of Six Organs Of Admittance, Grouper, Jozef Van Wissem, Amiina, Dosh, Vetiver, Julianna Barwick, Scott “Wino” Weinrich, Tickly Feather, & Moon Unit to name a few.
This 44 minute piece may structurally resemble a classical composition – divided as it is into several interlocking stanzas – but it’s difficult to place it comfortably within the realm of modern music. If anything, ‘The Rest….’ evokes the otherwordly, fantastical obsessions of the Victorians (Conan Doyle, Lear, Grandville, Wellcome, etc) through means of meticulously manipulated instrumentation, samples and voice.Plinth, of course, is no stranger to Victoriana.
As a sort of pantheist, or at least an artist who finds great stories hiding in the vast visual subtleties of nature – Subtle Trees is a classical music collage as much as it is an homage to classical music. It’s core is created through sounds gathered in the owl hours by sampling ancient instruments whose cores were derived from the trees of nature. These sounds were layered like lichen on an ancient pantheistic sculpture.