Boomkat Product Review:
Inception-like, lower case sound collage and experimentation from claire rousay, drawing out spectral apparitions from a library in San Antonio and conjuring a super immersive sort of magick realism in her debut for Second Editions - RIYL Sarah Hennies, Alvin Lucier, Luc Ferrari
claire rousay’s first vinyl release commits two beguiling works intended by the artist to question the “sensitivities of sound in relation to “the self” and “the other”, equally”, with results that investigate the architecture of social and functional space on one hand, while highlighting a sense of transience and ephemerality on the B-side with a gently disorienting and semi-fictional sound scenario comparable to Luc Ferrari classics.
‘Both’ represents Rousay’s keen ear for peripheral sound and a poetic knack for finding romance and mystery in the every-day. ‘Library’ arrives so subtly that it’s over 2 mins before its presence becomes apparent, as she uses sine tones, microphone and speakers to find the resonant frequency of the Central Library at San Antonio and turn it into a minimalist spectralist space to ponder and get lost in, before she eventually absorbs us into its walls.
By contrast ‘Two Things’ is far more colourful and varied, but also equally dreamlike; manifesting the subtle richness of her inner life with a fantasy projection of exterior street sound - birds, planes, breezes of Hawaiian guitar, keys and private conversations - arranged into an OOBE-like dream-drift out of her apartment in Mexico City. Neither drily documentarian or academic, the effect is more poetically zonked but lucid in a way that we love to drift off with.