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Felicia Atkinson makes her first solo move since the widely acclaimed 'Hand In Hand' album with this intimate, quietly surreal tape for Geographic North, unfurling two side-long works clocking in at over half an hour, written in dedication to Bartolemé Sanson and inspired by Atkinson's last voyage to New Mexico when she visited and took in the geographic landscapes from Taos to Ghost Ranch. The same vistas also inspired much of Agnes Martin's and Georgia O'Keefe's painting, as well as Jerome Rothenberg's poetry and translation's works.
Atkinson continues her journey in pursuit of a style that’s singularly hers, expressing a coolly contemplative and free sound connoting waking dreams and barometric flux in its gently fleeting play of light and space. Cosseted with ferric white noise, the A-side’s Lighter Than Aluminium sits with an iridescent smudge of double bass and a moire of radiant metals shimmering across the stereo field, laced together by trickling keys and lilting marimba until her signature semi-whispered narrative holds the centre and our attention in a tense juxtaposition with palpitating synth notes, resolving to a Badalamneti-esque piano coda.
On the B-side's Abiquiu she employs wistful melodica, flutters of polymetric percussion and warbling organ lines convecting amorphous space and conjuring imagery of dusky scenes, the ferric hiss becoming a chorus of cicadas surrounding her deliquescent performance as nocturnal pads draw in a canopy of starlit bleeps and crimson to deep blue hues...
Exceptional, highly evocative material from one of the most interesting artists working on the contemporary field.