Boomkat Product Review:
Kevin Drumm takes us to the precipice of loss and melancholy on this stark 8th instalment in our Documenting Sound series. Fuelled by feelings of saudade and isolation, Drumm takes the concept of field recordings to a different place; asking someone else to record their life - so that he can re-construct.
On one side: Drumm recording at home, on his own. ‘Double the room’, because there should be someone there with him, a close family member. It’s a field recording of that space; processed, alien, isolated, like trying to tune a shortwave radio - there is life somewhere, but too much interference to find it.
On the other: 'The Better Space’, the place where that family member is, somewhere Drumm can’t be. Here, he’s asked them to make a recording for him, so he can take part in it for a moment. There is more colour and warmth, fragility - but viewed from afar. A sound like a cymbal offers metre, a measure of time, fleeting and endless. Right at the end, a weight is lifted. Strings waft from a distance, tiny movements, breathing, no words.