Boomkat Product Review:
Rewire festival’s first release on their eponymous new imprint collects material commissioned pairing claire rousay with vocalist Morita Vargas, Valentina Magaletti with Peruvian sound artist Maria Chavez, and KMRU with Dutch filmmaker Donna Verheijden.
When the world went into lockdown, Dutch festival Rewire commissioned a series of remote residencies, asking artists to collaborate across borders and provide a response to the chaos. Rewire has now edited the material for 'Remotely Together', their first physical release, beginning with a head-to-head from rousay and Argentinian singer Vargas, whose haunted cries and whispers are an apt foil for rousay's gentle electronics and close mic-ed recordings. Developing slowly over 10 minutes, 'Humo De Margatina Dulce' fades indistinct field recordings into rousay's billowing pads, stretching Vargas' vocals into echoing piano riffs before spine-tingling bells and music box chimes take over completely.
Magaletti keeps her drumming microscopic on 'Particle', carefully weaving gongs and rustling sounds around legendary NYC turntablist Chavez's ratcheting loops. Both artists seem to be in a psychic lock, creating a swirling, hypnotic fusion of bubbling crackle and burning, kinetic drumming.
Kenyan sound artist KMRU plays us out with one of his most satisfying compositions to date: 'MicroVerse' fuzzes a dense mass of field recordings into a sonic landscape teeming with life. Using rumbling analog oscillations to underpin his environment, KMRU finds a mid point between the meditative ambience of 'Peel' and the crushing sonic assault of 'Limen', his acclaimed collaboration with Aho Ssan. It's tense and tantalisingly open ended - an accurate reflection of those strange and troubling times.