27.2.12

Stones Air Axioms + Pan

After a short hiatus I'm once again writing for Dusted, and thus, also adding another element to the balancing act that is my life at the moment. Keep up with the auxiliary page for updates on that. More schooling on the horizon along with a trip to Hawaii, in which, I'll of course be bringing some pertinent recording equipment. Speaking of recording, I'm still in the thick of my residency that has now been extended to March 20. It's valuable time I'm definitely going to need. Winter's been sticking around in Vancouver, where the local mountains keep getting dumped on with snow and it remains quite cooler than usual in the city. It's also been abnormally windy this year... I've noticed. [The weather, yes, that's topical, they'll like that].

Thomas Tilly & Jean-Luc Guionnet
Stones Air Axioms (Circum Disc)

One needn't read past the first page of the booklet included with Stones Air Axioms, unless looking for an overly complicated summarization of the sounds within, greatly muddying what is a perfectly captivating stand-alone listen. On the first page we're given brief insight into the acoustical importance of cathedrals and their architecture, and how the two relate to sound, and that the work herein is a product of informal acoustic experiments that Tilly and Guionnet did in the St Pierre Cathedral using an organ, sound generator and recorders.

Although the word "experiment" brings to mind "experimental", which this album undoubtedly is, it's also indicative of a lack of attention to artistic form (like some of the "sound mapping" material I've heard, which, ironically, isn't actually all that interesting to listen to). Luckily, Tilly and Guionnet's sonic experiments are quite rich in their form, materializing as both short and long organ bellows coupled with high and low generated frequencies and other "disturbances". There is a sensitivity to the sounds and a definite ear for minimalism that only seasoned musicians working in this field would have, and along with whatever practical/analytical information these two derived from their experiments, they should at very least be happy with this fine album.



Pan
Pan
(Rae)

Bit of a head scratcher of a release from this rather mysterious, though generically titled project, Pan. The album is also called Pan and unfortunately the picture cuts it off but the final track is, you guessed it, "Pan", which is kind of hilarious when you see it in itunes. Titles aside, The New Jersey based Pan treads a musical path similar to that of where Svarte Greiner used to tread, or Terrors, mostly residing in an abstract dark-folk noise nether world, lush with warbly guitars and bleeping electronics. Occasionally, Pan (who appears to be a one man band) blesses us with effects-drenched vocals that work maybe half of the time and completely strike-out a quarter of the time. The two 10+ minute tracks on the album lost my attention, while the surprisingly pop-infused songs pulled me back in, despite their unannounced shifting of the cynical mood, such as when the track "Rae" kicks in with it's, dare I say, Feels-era Animal Collective-y guitar part. The bedroom vibe works though I think song wise there needs to be some serious synching of the net.

Pan - Tunnel (Excerpt) by ScrapyardForecast

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