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jessika kenney & eyvind kang - Aestuarium
We knew Ideologic Organ, the new Stephen O'Malley-curated imprint from Editions Mego, was going to throw up some curious releases, and lo, we were right - check out this strange and affecting album, a collaboration between Jessika Kenney and Eyvind Kang - both of whom contributed their acoustic knowhow to Sunn O))'s epic Monoliths & Dimensions LP. It's a selection of unadorned, medievalist ballads - minimalist Spectral music, according to O'Malley - like nothing else we've heard this side of the middle ages, with Kenney's pristine vocals set to the sparsest string accompaniment from Kang imaginable. Kenney is internationally regarded for her haunting timbral register and her interpretations of vocal traditions, while Kang treats music as a spiritual discipline; they describe Aestuarium as "a meditation on a psalm of lamentation and the unary tone in the metaphor of salt and fresh water, inspired by Gaelic psalmery, Tibetan notational gestures, and the microtonality of the tetrachord." Recorded on the shore of Colvos Passage by renowned engineer Mell Dettmer, the album was originally released on CD in 2005 by Endless Records. This is its first airing on vinyl, the definitive edition of a very special, ageless work.