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Danish duo Vanessa Amara return to Posh Isolation with a delicate set of unedited live recordings that shines a light on their creative process. Haunting and tape saturated meditative ambient business, for fans of William Basinski, Felicia Atkinson and Taylor Deupree's 12k imprint.
Recorded between 2016 and 2020, "Music For Acoustic Instruments and Feedback" is a document of Birk Gjerlufsen and Sebastián Santillana's musical methodology. Lacking a studio or even a piano, the duo have instead had to rely on other peoples' homes or spaces made available to them. Since every space offers completely different sonic characteristics, the duo have been forced to establish exactly how the instruments - piano, accordion, pipe organ, carillon and bells - would sound when recorded and processed.
Over eight tracks, Gjerlufsen and Santillana document this process of trial and error as they investigate space, timbre and feedback. Fans of the duo's ornate ambience will no doubt find plenty to sink their teeth into, from the disintegrating Basinski-esque melancholia of 'Piano & Two Tape Loops' to the terse, medieval charm of 'Cembalo & Carillon'. It's a restrained yet majestic set of improvisations that revels in its relative simplicity. The truth is that while the music is relatively minimal, there's nothing straightforward about the duo's creative chemistry.