Boomkat Product Review:
Artistic director of ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble) and prolific contributor to work by Johann Johannsson, Max Richter and Stars of the Lid, among many others, Clarice Jensen yields arresting soundscapes for Vaagner on a vinyl edition of Geographic North's 2019 tape release.
Arriving on the back of an airborne chorale on ‘The Organ That Made You Bleed’, Jensen enacts a transition from lofty climbs into stygian, cavernous depths of subharmonic disturbance, with fleeting moments of sublime relief passing into disorienting abstraction recalling the raw overtone plays of Aine O’Dwyer one minute, before switching into a kind of heady riff on Ligeti’s 'Clocks And Clouds’ and Roland Kayn’s ‘Tektra’ - all in the course of 17 spellbinding minutes.
‘One Bee’, meanwhile, finds Clarice on her favoured cello, drawing out strands of strangely tuned electronics that wrap around her skeletal melody only to unfurl into more natural geometries to subliminal effect. The alignment of a cold, dissonant drone with Jensen’s pulsing cello is highly unusual, the tension finally letting up towards the final moments of this controlled, highly evocative set - chiming with recent explorations by Galya Bisengalieva and Leila Bordreuil, pushing the instrument into unfamiliar terrain.