Boomkat Product Review:
Gripping set of elemental studies for Cello, Sax, voice and electronics from Louise Bock - former bandmate of Ka Baird in Spires That In The Sunset Rise - marking her starkly sombre yet enchanting and hallucinatory tape debut with Geographic North.
‘Abyss: For Cello’ is the follow-up to Louise’s debut proper, ‘Repetitives In Illocality’ (Feeding Tube Records, 2017), and locates the experimental performer and composer further expressing an improvised sound fraught with ecstatic, free jazz influences. In five succinct sections she never outstays her welcome, and will most likely demand you come back for more, as the timbral density and swooning movement of her compositions will surely live up to repeated, closer inspection.
After ingesting the 31 minute suite, it should come as little surprise that Louise is the bandmate of Ka Baird, whose remarkable ’Sapropelic Pycnic’ and ‘Respires’ sides of recent years detectably share a grasp of natural dynamics with Louise’s gloriously frictional strokes and keening swells of semi-organic noise. But it’s maybe fairer to say Louise is the elemental wind to Ka’s earthy rhythms and voices. In ‘Abyss: For Cello’ her compositions feel gloriously unanchored and free to move in any direction, as the solemn gravity of her dissonant traction in ‘Horologic’ gives way to swooping figures in ‘Jute’ and more widescreen, pastoral gestures in ‘Actinic Ray’, before her voice appears dissected into the wind like a swarm of jibber jaw harpys in ‘Oolite’, and the sweetly distorted tone of ‘Prithee’ feels like a theme for circling birds of prey .