Boomkat Product Review:
Simon Fisher Turner crosses paths with Editions Mego on Giraffe; an absorbingly subtle suite of processed field recordings and sensitive sound design incorporating strings by the Elysian Quartet, with engineering and mastering by Rashad Becker.
Depending your predilections, Sft may be best known to you as a ‘70s pop star half of post-punk engimas, Deux Filles; one-time member of The The; the composer of soundtracks for Derek Jarman; or, alternatively, as an actor on film and TV since the ‘70s.
However, Giraffe is quite discrete to all that, finding Sft pursuing his ‘extreme sound freak’ nose thru reams of field recordings made on his iPhone and a Roland Edirol R-09 between 2008-2016, and subsequently Sfting them into a beguiling array of timbral teases and concrète collage.
The results are unsettling in their unpredictability, prone to deviate from tranquil to shocking when he feels like it, but he uses that “trick” sparingly, and a tool of suspense that neatly punctuates the rest of the album’s oneiric tendencies and lush logic.
Ultimately it feels like a dispatch from another, parallel Britain that seems distant, detached, yet somehow familiar from the accreted radiation of TV and film screens and their corresponding soundtracks, with shards of real life piercing the silk screen and reminding us it’s all a dream, or is it?