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Félicia Atkinson returns with a stunning album of sensurreal storycraft dedicated to abstract expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler and featuring spectral drones, gongs, bells, piano and marimbas accompanying Atkinson’s voice. RIYL Éliane Radigue, Jim O’Rourke, Luc Ferrari.
‘Everything Evaporates’ is Félicia Atkinson’s exploration of liminal space between dream, memory and waking life, using a palette of gongs, bells, piano and marimbas alongside Atkinson’s own voice to describe and induce deeply hypnagogic states of mind
Through a series of sound paintings that make porous the divide between visual, haptic and sonic sensory perceptions, ‘Everything Evaporate’ arrives with uncanny timing to provide a soundtrack to deeply surreal times of aerosolised viruses and the rapid deceleration and contraction of the world around us. In it Félicia most sensitively uses her filigree sound design skills and quietly penetrative, poetic observations to limn and inhabit a half-way headspace, focussing on a neutral, subconscious zone of transition between the lived-in moment and out-of-body experience with serene, weightless, and introspective results.
Refining the themes of her previous LP ‘The Flower and The Vessel’, which was written and recorded on the road while touring and heavily pregnant, Félicia’s follow-up is inspired by those pauses and transitory periods in life that prompt reassessment of what she and we think we know. But with ‘Everything Evaporates’ Atkinson uses her studio to bring together a quietly soul-bearing performance and the melancholy feel of her compositions with a more detached, out of body sense of temporality where her stories beautifully un/furl in their own time and space.
Sublimating the instruments around her, the five extended pieces here evoke a shimmering sort of mindfulness in their ponderous pace and ethereal atmosphere, setting dream-like parameters where small events become magnified and seep inwards; language and sound entwine and unstitch at the real-time speed of calm, inquisitive thought, slowly emulating the transmutation of feeling and concluding in a musical threshold of unresolved pluralities that require the listener’s participation to unravel.