Boomkat Product Review:
Pillowy, textured ambience for pensive moods - a liminal space between Kali Malone and Philip Jeck.
Robert Curgenven plays with "the physicality of sound" on "Bardo", a twenty-minute drone excursion that expands on his previous work with turntables and muted, processed organ sounds. The first few minutes are almost whisper-quiet, crackles and crumbles juxtaposed with passages of near-silence, field recordings and thrumming feedback. Then out of nowhere, static crumbles seem to dance from walls of organ drone, reminding of Fennesz or Kara-Lis Coverdale.
It's all expertly engineered, designed to toy with the listener's perception using familiar sounds and awkward stops and starts to generate an invigorating experience. Beatless drone music doesn't have to be completely static, and Curgenven's control over his craft is a minor wonder. Experimental turntablism afficionados and early music stans, take note!