Boomkat Product Review:
The UK heatwaves of summer 2019 supply humid, sticky inspiration for this absorbing sort of docudrama by field recordist/collagist Kate Carr for Indonesia’s Hasana Editions.
On ‘Heatwave’ Carr gleans a slow and heavy sort of narrative from a wealth of recordings made on location during a long, hot weekend at a busy London intersection. Convecting the sound of police sirens, honking cars, distant dancehall, and flustered street chatter with the tinkle of ice in a glass and other attempts to keep cool, the album smartly and subtly epitomises Kate’s practice, centred on “articulating the relationship between people and place through sound.”
Pointing her microphones at the sky - or the source of all the bother (and literally everything) - Kate captures all the fuss of a sweltering London and its soupy soundsphere in a way that makes us feel like a mozzie on the wall, witnessing the daily struggle of people trying not to turn into Michael Douglas in ‘Falling Down’. The atmosphere is so thick you can practically smell doughnuts, weed and diesel fumes wafting off the tape. But festive nostalgia aside, there’s a more unsettling aspect to ‘Heatwave’ which, in key with the zeitgeist, points to the worrying frequency of these heatwaves and the underlying dread associated with them, thanks to her subtle use of low end tones and the elusive, heatsick feel of her mixing trickery.