Presented in the Tartaruga house style, (thick recycled cardboard gatefold sleeve), this release features a beautiful screen-printed design from Bruno Jones, in bright Phthalo Green. The CD comes with a two-colour screen-printed foldout insert, again featuring illustration from Bruno Jones, printed on high quality Pergamenata paper.
Largely recorded over a single week in a small flat in Northern Spain, the record employs a vast array of sounds with such a tactile quality that at times it sounds as if the room itself is being played. From the subtly bristling tension and atmospheric double bass notes of Morendo, to the urgent and pulsating rhythmic layers of Volante!, the album plays like a dream both half-forgotten and lived-in all at once. The album reaches critical mass in A Desperate Threnody, where woozy interwoven drones mixed with shimmering percussion seem to drive inexorably towards a violent climax that instead yields to the most delicate and reflective piano motif.
Yet for all its calm and beautiful moments there is always a slight element of unease sitting below the surface and this side of the album reveals itself again as the wistful piano refrain is submerged in a growing wash of static that leads into the fragmented coda of the album’s closer, Elenco.
Notes and sounds rise and shimmer out of the gloom, conjuring textures sometimes so fragile and ethereal they could almost be smoke curling in the air, but always that dying computer crackle and deep foggy layers of dismembered drones rise up to pull you back in.
Walden Pond’s Monk is the brand new album from Portuguese musician and composer Tiago Sousa. Following the limited vinyl-only album InsÃ³nia released in 2009 on German label Humming Conch, Walden Pond’s Monk is the first album from Sousa released worldwide on both CD and LP formats.
Talkingmakesnosense is Dominic Dixon of Glasgow who has been making music in one form or another since he was a child. Most recently, he’s been releasing records on the now sadly defunct Benbecula Records, and now a new album on Rural Colours.
Coruscates consists of four long-form tracks, each tipping past the ten-minute mark.
An edition of 100, CD and cover packaged in a translucent envelope.
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.
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.