Boomkat Product Review:
With Echo Poeme: Sequence No 2 (2005) Steven Stapleton a.k.a. Nurse With Wound pays suitably impressionistic tribute to the ghostly elegance of Alain Resnais’ seminal film Last Year at Marienbad (1961).
Mirroring and inverting the film’s widescreen drift, NWW presents a 49 minute sequence solely focussed on female vocals with flit, smear, and haunt across the stereo field with uneasy yet soporific effect.
Unfortunately one does not speak French (maybe when pished) so I can’t make out what they’re saying, but it certainly evokes a immersive, spectral atmosphere. When absorbed in headphones it’s something akin to the locked-in effect of sleep paralysis, but instead of fearing some black blob in the corner, you’re serenaded by a swarm of female French voices, which is never not a pleasure.
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering why all the fuss about NWW’s work, this record provides you a prime example.