Boomkat Product Review:
Quieter than a whispering ghost, crys cole's 'A Piece of Work' is a concrète fantasia, celebrating liminality via environmental recordings, bells, heaving oscillators and deep listening drones. It's deeply immersive material, conjured by an artist with a complex understanding of the interconnectedness of sound.
Assembled from fragments collected in Oslo, Berlin, Vienna, Winnipeg, Melbourne and Lisbon, 'A Piece of Work' is far more than a travelog or audio diary. cole's compositions develop more like poetry, resolutely refusing to intone clearly about the exactness of place, but instead representing space, feeling and the joy of investigation. There's a collage-like quality to the almost 30-minute composition that flows from blustering sounds into tonal drones, crackles and synthesized apparations. But cole seems less interested in hard cuts than imperceptible evolution; her elements shift like sunlight, dipping behind the clouds for a moment, diving from view with perfect, natural timing.
This level of gentle restraint is surprisingly difficult to refine, and cole never loses our focus for a minute; 'A Piece of Work' isn't background music, it's transformative sound that demands not just attention but close, focused listening. The more microscopically you concentrate, the more you begin to make out the colors and textures within cole's evocative field of view: billowing lowercase drones, Seiji Morimoto's heaving, popping electronic gurgles, or Oren Ambarchi's percussive cacophony.
Cole allows us to perceive and absorb elements as if they were changes in temperature, and read into them continuously, like words with several layers of meaning.