Tuesday, 27 September 2016

A Year In The Country - The Quietened Bunker / Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani - Sunergy

The Quietened Bunker cover art

.........all is relatively quiet around The Bunker, as I used to call our flat in honour of William Burroughs' New York place which, I believe, was also called that - but we now call our home 'The Cave', due to the damp on the walls and seemingly permanent chill about the place...perhaps it's haunted? I mention the street silence not only as a link to this album's title but to mark my relief from the noise of ongoing gentrification in our street, a cacophony of drills, hammers and stone-cutting saws, normally. Thank you, property developers...............

A more welcome noise has been this release from the dependable A Year In The Country label. Another comp to follow on from Fractures and just as good, possibly better, although my personal opinion means nothing......................................other than to say it is, of course, everything since music writing can hardly be 'objective', can it? .........................I hope my writings may persuade you to investigate the albums I cover........................................................the thought give me a good deal of satisfaction.................
.............Grey Frequency's Drakelow Tunnels is a stand out piece of work regarding atmospherics and Unknown Heretic's Crush Depth in contrast renders the air heavy with mechanoid industrialism...........the inclusion of Time Attendant once again is a reason to be cheerful as he displays an ability to organise sound above and beyond what most others a capable of doing. The track title, Crafty Mechanics, is a fitting description of the comp as a whole.



FRKWYS Vol. 13: Sunergy cover art

..................more joyful noise, this time from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani on Sunergy, which was sent to me today, thankfully, because I'd never heard of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith but research shows she's been busy over time without notifying me of her activities - shame on the woman..................the Buchla-powered energy emanating from this is irresistible.................it really should be harnessed to light up the world..........can you imagine Buchla farms dotted around the planet? trouble is, you'd need someone as good as Ciani and Smith to power them.........................OK, a stupid idea..........................A New Day dawns, somewhat subdued, like the deep red sun behind lines of grey cloud, perhaps, but when it breaks through.......................................you're lifted into an ecstatic land of shimmering leaves, dancing flowers, dazzling green hills, roaring waves, a breathtaking breeze and time-lapse clouds racing overhead - yes! you are. it's feel good music. without being too fluffy. Here's the other track......TTFN
                                                                                                   

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