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.
Inside the book: 36-pages from Internet monsters Everything Is Terrible!; interviews with musician Robert Scott (the Clean, the Bats) and writer Amelia Gray; music profiles of S. Fla’s finest, The Jacuzzi Boys, and UK ’90s cult band Disco Inferno; fiction by Stacey Levine; photographs by Ted Barron and Gracie Remington; art by Saul Chernick, Pavel Tchelitchew, Cassie Ramone, Ilyas Ahmed.
Haruki is the pseudonym of composer/sonic artist Boris Snauwaert from Ghent, Belgium, who creates sonic environments through the precise, meditated amalgamation of a diverse variety of sounds, both musical and non-musical. In any given track Haruki combines any or all sound sources; field recordings, acoustic instruments, acoustic noises, found samples, sampled instruments and so on.
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.