Boomkat Product Review:
Partner to the ‘Shapes Perceived In Silence’ piece, Schat & Grainger’s split ‘Colors Perceived In Silence’ finds each artist reworking and recontextualising the other’s work, resulting the sublime, achingly slow transformation of ‘Obviation [Galactic Plane Alter]’ and the absolutely beguiling sensation of upside-down and inverted physics in ‘Mantra [Translucent Derivation]’. Keener ears really need to spend some time her
“Having worked together on many different occasions in the past, Arjen Schat and I have once again collaborated for this massive P / Psi / P release.
Essentially a four-part album of two original pieces and two reinterpretations, Shapes Perceived In Blackness consists first of "Mantra", a nearly hour-long piece from Arjen's studio of a few years ago now. It would not feel out of place next to works like Primal or Oppidium Arnoldi Villa, both records I've spent literal years inside, exploring. Arjen's work was paramount for my mental health when my daughter Penelope was born and came home from the hospital. When I could only take small breaks for rest, Arjen's music was constant at my bedside, effectively deflating the stress from my mind and body and letting me get the most out of the downtime I had.
Backing Arjen's stellar piece is an equally long atmosphere titled "Obviation", which was also recorded years ago now, and for one reason or another, left to quietly age in a box in the studio. Intended as a tape-worn, humid companion piece to Arjen's crystalline monolith, "Obviation" recalls the sticky Summer nights so frequently present in my old studio in the subtropics. Hovering, almost-chords waft between slow gusts of air, analog fuzz and hiss-crusted phaser waves.”