Boomkat Product Review:
Background information is typically scant with this latest release from William Basinski's 2062 label, but what we do know is that it features re-discovered tape loops that have been re-crafted for a recent performance at the Montalvo Arts Center.
Clocking in at just under 50 minutes, "El Camino Real" is another one of those aural tapestries that Basinski seems to have an intuitive feel for - effortlessly piecing together elements that bring to mind everything from Arvo Part through to the Cocteau Twins without ever letting go of his own signature sound.
Because the source material for these loops has been de-graded and layered so heavily, it's hard to imagine where they could have come from or how they could have been made - all that we're left with are remnants of a ghostly voice dominating the undulating mix to harrowing effect. There's also something about this recording that brings to mind more recent contemporary musical experimentations, in particular the work of Liz Harris / Grouper - who makes use of a similar shoegaze aesthetic.