Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Recommended music: 'At or From a Distance' by Steiner

The third release in Glass Reservoir's series of commissioned recordings is a contemplative affair. Mixing field recordings with waves of musical sound, the overall effect is one of transience, of moving from one state to another, and of a general sense of not belonging. It's hard to tell whether the music has been created on keyboards or naturally - there's a recurrent sound that could as easily be the sound of a ringing bowl as its electronic counterpart.

When you put the rather mystical song titles together with the sound ('I seem to glimpse you in every window', 'The opposite of now', 'I seem to glimpse you in every window', 'Topography/Hiro') you end up with something that becomes the aural equivalent of a Haruki Murakami novel - you're not entirely sure where the journey is taking you, and ultimately it raises more questions than it answers, but it's an engrossing experience that you'll want to repeat.

'At or from a distance' is released on 17th February on download and a limited run of handmade CDs - click here for details.

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