Boomkat Product Review:
Sublime, highly evocative collection of location and field recordings incorporating music made by Stephen O’Malley and others for a collage-based audio journal designed for deep immersion. Huge recommendation if you're into Elodie, Virginia Astley, Chris Watson...
Pali Meursault engrossingly plays with conventions in this abstracted collage of location recordings making great use of the Échos festival's unique alpine environment and acoustics as well as performances captured from varying vantage points around and outside the valley site. It forms a collaged survey of music made by Stephen O’Malley, Clara De Asís & Laura Vasquez, and Bear Bones, Lay Low, among many others, seamlessly incorporating traces of natural sound sphere knit with and around the artists’ gestures.
Despite being impressionistic in nature, the recordings create a duet with the landscape and its uniquely reverberant dimensions of mountain sides and steep valleys, where sounds leave the players only to return mutated, taking on a life of their own.
The result is at times a gentle, at others steeply psychedelic journey; a sonic topographical reading where wildlife bleeds into the same soundfield as the artists, adding into a variegated space of reception and perception in flux between earthly and unearthly delights, conjuring an illlusive metaphysical matrix that’s a total pleasure to wander and become enmeshed in and enchanted by.