Saturday, April 23, 2016

Martin Rach – Late Autumn Quartets (2016)

  • Avant-garde 
  • Experimentalism 
  • Improvised noise 
  • New Weird Lithuania 
  • Electro-acoustic 
  • Ambient 
  • Drone 
  • Electronic music

Comment: As the title suggests explicitly the whole consists of 4 compositions. It is a notch in a series of seasonal quartets. It's a peculiar issue where different and intriguing facets and methods in music are juxtaposed against each other. Martin Rach, the artist from Lithuania uses various instruments (metalophone, zither, kalimba, bongos, Korg Volca bass) and at times special treatments for those ones. More profoundly, improvised noise, droning scalloping and ambient hisses are the follow-ups to lone string plucking the outing started with in fact. Furthermore, there are represented a bunch of grey, superimposed areas of sound thereby providing two folded sonic appearances. The issue comprises some definitive turns – from exquisite stringed and glockenspiel-tinged arrangements (at least they used to sound in that way) to rough and strident synthesiser-based shows (at Raving Threads); from new weird-esque folk tunes to pummelling yet variegated noise beams to ear piercing droning (at Root Architecture). In spite of it throughout the course the listener can perceive the determined direction on these diverse elements. Indeed, it is not chaotic it is expertly built up. It is a pre-eminent issue indeed.
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