Boomkat Product Review:
‘God’s Chorus’ is a hauntingly beautiful recording of crickets, slowed down until they resemble a keening choir of angels. The hour-long piece was made for tape in the ‘90s and subsequently extended and posted to Soundcloud in 2012, where it’s currently received over 8.5 million plays.
Jonny Trunk stumbled across the piece in 2014 (when it already had millions of plays), and within days had signed it for a vinyl issue on Trunk. It’s taken until 2018 for the full release because Jonny initially couldn’t decide on artwork, but he’s evidently found the ideal cover here in 14 year old Bess Kirby’s super charming, felt-tip depiction of a kaleidoscopic cricket.
When Trunk discovered the track online, he was struck by the cynicism of the comments left below the line, with many expressing disbelief, or thinking that the work is a con or manufactured to sound like this. It’s maybe easy to hear why many may think so - it does sound like some holy missive despatched from the firmament - but as anyone with scant knowledge of nature recordings will be aware, deeply uncanny sounds do emerge from the natural world, once we’ve slowed it down enough to be able to perceive its complexities.
In fact, the LP pairs two recordings of crickets, layering the slowed down (but not manipulated) recording over the normal speed version. In context of their original home, a CD of Native American “animal lore”, it may be easy enough to suspend disbelief at what one’s hearing, and go along with it - as we are, thanks to a little knowledge of how sound works when slowed - but fair enough for any casual listeners to not believe their ears that crickets in a field can sound like an opiated, seraphic chorale.
Either way, Jonny sums it up neatly: “Real or fake? True or false? I care not, as it sure sounds like crickets to me, and it sure does sound amazing”