Boomkat Product Review:
Spellbinding 1980 ambient masterwork by UK’s Morgan Fisher and Lol Coxhill, resurfacing on a timely 40th anniversary reissue via Belgium’s ever searching Aguirre label
‘Slow Music’ is an ingenious experimental synthesis of instrumental intuition and meticulous tape edits realised by soprano sax legend Lol Coxhill and synths/keys maestro Morgan Fisher. Slow by nature and title, the music is of a peculiarly English branch of pastoral kosmiche, spanning a mutated take of Handel’s Largo alongside slow burning wonders recalling Two Daughters doing Ethiopian tribal music, thru to stunning cinematic vistas, and a hallucinatory 26’ work of micro-edited genius ‘Slow Music / Pretty Little Girl’ that sounds like the missing link between Harmonia & Eno and AFX’s SAW II.
That last track really is a gem among many on this album and has been cited as a big influence by “several top Japanese artists such as Haruomi Hosono of YMO”, which is really easy to hear as the track blossoms . It was crafted from samples of Coxhill’s singing and some church bells (although you’d never tell) which Fisher meticulously trimmed and spliced to tape, and mixed in real time to create a layered, phasing, gently iridescent wonder prickling with spectral notes and quiescent to bouts of lushest microtonal harmony that culminate in something not too distant from Michael O’Shea’s shimmering beauties, then saving a moment of musical hall flashback worthy of The Caretaker for those in it for the journey.
A real nugget.