Boomkat Product Review:
'Codiaeum Variegatum' is Anne Guthrie's quietly striking solo debut opus seamlessly blending field recordings and instrumental composition into beguiling new forms.
With elemental alchemy and incredible sensitivity to the smallest, most unique sounds and textures, the Brooklyn-based composer and sound artist parses multiple dimensions of room and field recordings of French horn, violoncello and contrabass into truly captivating interzones bristling with microscopic detail and quiet, curious energy. Thanks to canny use of extended microphone placement - most likely stemming from her practice as a professional acoustician - Guthrie renders the recordings with sensitively fine-combed post-production into enchanting spaces subtly challenging our spatial and haptic perceptions with alternately dense, cacophonic dissonance and moments of clarity collapsing the boundaries between what we hear as acousmatic incidence and measured composition.
Honestly we could bang on about this record for ages, but it's probably easier to say that if you've been seduced, compelled or baffled by the furthest reaches of Julia Holter's productions, the most desolate, attuned works of Helge Sten, or the sound art emerging from Senufo Editions - Giuseppe Ielasi, Bellows etc. - or enchanted by Graham Lambkin and his Kye cohorts, we urge you to check this quicksharp.