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Boomkat Product Review:
Mutually Arising comes a full five years on from Greg Davis' Kranky debut, Somnia. At the time his classic, semi-academic approach to drone music was a relatively scarce commodity, and alongside friend and collaborator Keith Fullerton Whitman he helped shift 'popular' electronic music in a more serious direction. In 2009, drone music seems to have been fully democratised and everyone's at it. As a label, Kranky itself continues to be a great platform for this music, releasing one of the year's best drone records so far in Gregg Kowalsky's Tape Chants. The two twenty-odd minute tracks that stretch out across Mutually Arising are typically steady-handed examples of the form: 'Cosmic Mudra' surfs across immersive analog synth tones, evolving and opening up with a gentle spread of harmonic shifts and increasingly technicolour overtones. 'Hall Of Pure Bliss' seems to shift in a different direction, beginning with a bright swirl of sustaining tonalities that accumulate bass weight through the opening minutes, only to close down into a more muted, warm stretch of synth drone for the final moments. True to the form of Somnia, Mutually Arising is an arrestingly subtle and incremental album, certain to be embraced by followers of the La Monte Young or Charlemagne Palestine schools of drone. Highly recommended.