Boomkat Product Review:
Italy's ever-lucent Die Schachtel present a life-affirming longform composition for strings and electronics to inaugurate their Zeit Composers vinyl series.
Belgian-based Italian composer Giovanni di Domenico's plaintive score for string sextet meets the freeing yet disciplined electronic processes of Jim O'Rourke in a radiant swell of levitating drones and lustrous, sustained overtones offering a tangibly "warmer" take on the focussed microtonal evolutions of composers such as Catherine Christer Hennix, Eliane Radigue or David Behrman.
Minimalist and ostensibly static in its make-up, yet maximalist and headlong in effect, 'Arco' begins as a simple cell of four repeated notes which layer and condense to engulf us in a plangent world of harmonic colour-texture chords and pealing overtones with the illusion of levitating a great mass of sound until it blooms like some 4th world symphony for the stars.
We're choked up and wide-eyed by the kosmic swell at the 2nd half's mid-way point, and can confiedently say that this is one of the most satisfyingly immersive musical experiences we've heard in 2015.
Together with the very framable art insert, this record comes hugely recommended for avant/drone lovers.