Boomkat Product Review:
Sublime ambient works for gongs and bowed cymbals from Jon Mueller and Eleh collaborator Duane Pitre.
Inverted Torch' is an incredible, immersive session of treated gongs and bowed cymbals from Jon Mueller (Volcano Choir) and dedicated minimalist Duane Pitre for Type. It's the 3rd Type release for percussionist Mueller, and the first for former pro skateboarder Pitre, who's been quietly amassing a catalog of sublime LPs for Important Records and others since 2007, including a superlative split with Eleh. In collaboration, they find a deeply immersive equilibrium where their tempered, haptic gestures give rise to a play of shimmering tones in negative space recalling the soundtrack to some black light theatre piece or Far Eastern classical.
It breaks down as two extended 20+ minute pieces, 'No Longer Our Time' and 'A Fading Light Within Its Place' both taking influence from Edith Matilda Thomas' poem, 'The Inverted Torch' by using its text as a key touchstone and rich imagery for the album's sense of push and pull between the "real" tones - the light -and their effortless, near-imperceptible transformation of synthesised negative space into a part of the composition itself. The results feel more "free" than any of Pitre's Important Records releases, and as coolly disciplined as any of Mueller's previous for Table Of The Elements, Taiga, or indeed Type. It's a record that defies comparison and encourages patient, deep listening.