Boomkat Product Review:
Watercolour minimalism composed by Kory Reeder and delicately rendered by Apartment House, for exemplary Sheffield label, Another Timbre
Recorded at Goldsmiths Music Studio, London, in midwinter of ’21, ‘Codex Vivere’ is the 4th full length work by Texan Kory Reeder, and his first written for Apartment House. A 72-minute work, in nine movements, its beautifully reflective atmosphere is gently animated by the septet revolving Kerry Yong (piano), Mira Benjamin (violin), Gordon MacKay (violin), Chihiro Ono (viola), Anton Lukoszevieze (cello), Heather Roche (bass clarinet), and Emma Williams (bass flute).
Elegantly consonant and languorous, ‘Codex Vivere’ clearly suggests a slowing of time and landscape scale that hints at Reeder’s Texan background and the endless, timeless plains of his native, American countryside. In soft, overlapping strokes the strings and wind describe and evoke a sense of sober but misty-eyed scope, clear skies criss-crossed with cirrus cloud structures and heat haze shimmer below coloured by Kerry Yong’s keys, with the strings taking on a folksier cadence in its latter stages, where matters turn more inwards and quizzically discordant, Yong’s become keys more nagging, and leading to a solemn conclusion that may not have been predicted from the outset.
When everything else feels overblown or obviously stated, Apartment House are always on hand to reset, and this one’s a supremely fine mind-spruce.