Boomkat Product Review:
‘Shapes Perceived In Silence’ is the first of two steeply immersive split releases between the Dutch dreamer Arjen Schat and Dayton, Ohio’s Brian Grainger. The evocative title perfectly sums up the sounds herein; intoxicatingly lush harmonic hues recalling certain passages of Roland Kayn in Schat’s ‘Mantra’, and an effective inverse of abyssal negative relief in Grainger’s ‘Obviation’. Strong stuff
“Having worked together on many different occasions in the past, Arjen Schat and I have once again collaborated for this massive P / Psi / P release.
Essentially a four-part album of two original pieces and two reinterpretations, Shapes Perceived In Blackness consists first of "Mantra", a nearly hour-long piece from Arjen's studio of a few years ago now. It would not feel out of place next to works like Primal or Oppidium Arnoldi Villa, both records I've spent literal years inside, exploring. Arjen's work was paramount for my mental health when my daughter Penelope was born and came home from the hospital. When I could only take small breaks for rest, Arjen's music was constant at my bedside, effectively deflating the stress from my mind and body and letting me get the most out of the downtime I had.
Backing Arjen's stellar piece is an equally long atmosphere titled "Obviation", which was also recorded years ago now, and for one reason or another, left to quietly age in a box in the studio. Intended as a tape-worn, humid companion piece to Arjen's crystalline monolith, "Obviation" recalls the sticky Summer nights so frequently present in my old studio in the subtropics. Hovering, almost-chords waft between slow gusts of air, analog fuzz and hiss-crusted phaser waves.”