Small Wonders #11

Sujo – Pia 3″ CD-R

Inam Records

 

There was pretty much no information available at all about this release or its label. The packaging is pretty nice and its limited to 100 copies. The music sounds like it could be made by one person or many. It’s lone track is a vaguely pretty drone piece that lasts about twenty minutes, just long enough to fill up most of the format chosen for it. Kind of reminds me of something Aidan Baker might do or maybe the fallout at the end of Sonic Youth’s “Mote” just going on forever…

 

Dirac C – Dirac C CD-R

Inam Records

 

This is an interesting CD-R from James Adkisson formerly of Seven Percent Solution. I’m not sure what he’s going for on this one, there are elements of electronic music but there are bizarre sounds like pseudo-bluesy guitar notes on the opening piece “Edison! Exclaimed the Demon” that seem very out of place. Some of it reminds me of Throbbing Gristle but then there are tracks like “Briar Rose” that sound like something from the Kranky roster like Stars of the Lid. Both this and the Sujo release make me want to find out more about Inam Records but there really isn’t any information available. This is certainly one of the most hard to pin down things I’ve reviewed for the column so far. It kind of makes up for its inconsistencies by being nearly brilliant in the good parts. Limited to 100 with nice packaging!

 

Emeralds – Planetarium c20

Tapeworm Tapes (www.tapewormtapes.com)

Ohio’s Emeralds bring us two ten minute pieces of heaven courtesy of Michigan label Tapeworm Tapes. It’s got all the beauty of early Tangerine Dream or Kluster/Cluster (whichever you prefer) and some of the creepiness of modern groups like Double Leopards. Both tracks are exactly nine minutes and fifty-five seconds. It’s spacious and easy to lose yourself in its wake. I can’t wait to hear more from these guys. Very, very nice.

 

Fennesz/Jeck/Matthews – Amoroso 7″

Touch (www.touchmusic.org.uk)

Another in the Touch Sevens series featuring the always engaging Fennesz and Philip Jeck transforming the works of Charles Matthews on organ at York Minster. A tribute of sorts to the magnificent composer Arvo Pärt’s “sacred minimalism.” This 7″ goes quite well with Lasse Marhaug and Nils Henrik Asheim’s Grand Mutation album from last year. It’s always interesting hearing archaic instruments like Matthews’ pipe organ here transformed by giants of the modern avant-garde community into something wholly other. Fennesz slips gradually into Charles Matthews’ piece on the A-side, careful not to let his granular guitarwork obscure the original piece too much. On the flip we get Philip Jeck, notable for his work in turntablism absolutely tearing Matthews’ organ apart at the seams. The melody is obscured in oceanic waves of static and vinyl hiss. I love Fennesz and all, but Jeck’s piece with Matthews is the star of this release. Painfully necessary to procure, I’d make it a personal mission to do so.