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Boomkat Product Review:
Another expertly assembled set of avant-garde classical minimalism from Sheffield's Another Timbre label, this time highlighting Californian multi-instrumentalists and CalArts professor Andrew McIntosh.
McIntosh is among the most celebrated experimental string players in California, and here directs his talents to investigating the possibilities of his set of instruments, melting bowed harmonies from the violin and viola with field recordings made in the Californian pine woods.
The album opens on its darkest stretch, with hit piano strings used to punctuate elongated violin drones that reverberate into industrial strength textures. The 20-minute 'Middle' offers relief, a deep listening near-raga made from the microtonal harmonics that slowly emerge from a sustained string. 'Other Middle' is comparatively light-hearted, the instruments mimicking chirping sounds, before the record closes on 'Ending' - a contemplative weaving of environmental sizzle and low-register wobble.