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Patiently rewarding, intoxicating organ works from Lawrence English, paying tribute to drone demigods Eliane Radigue and Phill Niblock in two very slow movements of subtle timbral shifts executed with beautifully soporific, contemplative effect that lives up to its inspirations
“Lawrence English: This is slow music, and I’d like to think, music that deepens. The first piece, Saccade, is dedicated to my dear friend and source of endless inspiration Éliane Radigue. Éliane’s work has been my constant companion on tour since the release of Wilderness Of Mirrors. I can’t tell you the number of flights on which she has kept me company. Her work has smoothed out the unease of bumpy atmospherics and soothed states of deep exhaustion. Trilogie de la Mort, Adnos I-III and L'île re-sonante are pieces I return to again and again. This piece is a dedication and in some small way both an acoustic homage and note of thanks for music that has left an indelible mark on my appreciation of sound’s motion in time.
The second work, Lassitude, draws breath from Phill Niblock’s work. I have had the fortune to spend much time over the past year listening to Phill’s music with the view to a new project celebrating parts of his legacy, and Lassitude is indebted to his recognition of and interest in vibration, timbre and, dare I say it, patience. On a personal note, what makes this piece special for me is that it’s the first piece of music I have ever published that is a performance one take on one instrument; no edits, no processing, just a very sore mid-thoracic and thighs after holding the bass pedals and manipulating the stops ever so delicately.
While the ideas for these pieces have been brewing many years, their execution in this moment feels somehow apt. I hope the work offers an opportunity for you to become lost in sound, in time.”