Boomkat Product Review:
Previously to be heard on Root Strata, RV Paintings is the recording project of brothers Brian and John Pyle. You may already be familiar with Brian Pyle's music through either his Ensemble Economique alias, or more likely, Starving Weirdos, whose releases have graced the catalogues of labels such as Digitalis, Students Of Decay, Bottrop Boy, Olde English Spelling Bee and Weird Forest. It all gets off to an incredible start: lengthy opener 'Millions' sets distant, hovering droning tones amongst field recordings of fireworks and aircraft taking off. After a while piano chords chime in with a certain sinister authority and before you know it, the piece disappears in the thunderous roar of a jet engine. Shaping feedback into rough-cut harmonious plumes, 'From Manila To Forever' engages with instrumental melodies across an eerie, shredded soundscape, while 'Mirrors' settles down for a more funereal aesthetic, made up from maudlin bowed tones and flailing noise signals. This sort of ruptured, melancholic feel continues into 'Round-a-bout Bench On A Cold, Foggy Day', which features more veiled and processed use of seemingly classical instrumentation, though on this occasion, tumbling percussion adds to the palette of sounds. The final track lets in some hints of major key uplift, with organ and keyboard chords really soaring during the febrile 'As Far As We Could See'. Excellent.