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Jo Montgomerie yields her most prominent solo side with a debut for the lovers of decay at Helen Scarsdale Agency - RIYL Kevin Drumm, Andrew Chalk/Christoph Heeman, Jana Winderen
Pursuing her fascinations with acousmagique texture and nuanced sound design to the fullest, Jo presents four parts of gloaming hypnagogic sound that feels less composed and more de-composed, mulching myriad aspects of the ear’s eye into a sort of drone omnipresence that leaves us uncertain of up from down, left from right.
While Jo originally trained as a classical pianist, her path ultimately lead to a form of composition that pulls more directly from the real world around her, sampling Manchester’s industrial/post-industrial landscape, as well as her own body, for a more holistic style that she’s keenly and patiently stuck with, mostly refusing conventional development of melody/harmony/meter or anything in favour of meticulously close attention to her subject that may only come thru with concentrated listening. But, when it does, one may find a world unto itself within the living, breathing, humid clag and textures of her de-composed music. Sometimes it’s as much about what one doesn’t put in, as what’s there.