The city has passed through us like a big wave of dust carried by the wind we found ourselves covered by debris, passing skeletons shadows of leaves, passages, spells, voices of pianos from the windows
memories of places that live in several times ardours and fervours and odours we have immortalized them.
We have brought the simulacra with us we have watched them from the Estrada Atlantica, from the singing pits of Salento, from the immense Metrosideros of Monserrate with the organ of a church in the Itria Valley, from our home in one year of work the Giardino Forico appeared it behaves like life, it brings
it appropriates the airs, the colours, the languages and the ways it does not represent it shows its vigour which is our own. The Giardino Forico is a way of giving back a place, a knowledge, a humanity through our languages. It is the result of a vital artistic process, we listen and observe the space and we speak it.
I first came across Marihiko Hara’s work in 2007, with his ‘Cesura’ release on the excellent Italian net-label – Zymogen. It really drew me in more than most other work that was doing the rounds at the same time. It had the sort of organic details and attention to beautiful subtle developments that I had only really heard in offthesky and Nicolas Bernier before (both label mates on Zymogen I should add). It became my soundtrack to that year and an album I returned to almost daily during the winter months. After this I followed Marihiko’s work carefully, from his rather fantastic 2009 ‘Icon’ release on Cotton Goods to his recent ‘Prosa’ collaboration with Tomas Phillips on Tench Records.
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.
Extremely limited numbers available: For all intents and purposes, Grand Salvo is the work of singer-songwriter Paddy Mann. Grand Salvo’s debut album, 1642-1727, and its follow-up, River Road, earned him rave reviews and a solid following at home and beyond for his stark, sensitive and beautiful songs.
After a spell living in Europe, Paddy returned to Australia and began work on another album he’d dreamt up while away, A set of songs that acts as a children’s storybook, the album became cursed with too many recording problems and Paddy decided to shelve it. While that project will eventually see the light of day, its plagued nature ironically became the motivation for The Temporal Wheel.