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’Beholder’ is a grippingly bittersweet batch by virtuoso guitarist Julia Reidy (Splitter Orchestra) for Room 40’s A Guide To Saints label - a must check for anyone wowed by Julia’s widely acclaimed pair of 2019 LPs for Black Truffle and Slip, or indeed fans of Ben Chasny, Sir Richard Bishop, Oren Ambarchi
“From Julia… “I like being a step removed – from the sounds I’m producing, the forms I’m constructing. Playing very high up, into screaming wind, the sound can only dissipate and be consumed. It can feel like day-dreaming.
The assemblage of this music began on the Greek island of Syros, during a residency called Sounding Paths. It was completed within the following weeks, in Berlin and Tokyo, using field recordings, DX7, synths and guitar.
I’m focussing on re-contextualising the guitar’s material, which always feels very close and familiar. The environments are shaped by sounds from many sources. I had Phil Houghton in mind when I was finishing this music. This album is dedicated to him.”