Boomkat Product Review:
2010 album from Steven Hess and Sylvain Chauveau regrouping for a third album under their 'On' moniker, this time round produced, spliced and arranged by Fennesz.
Following Deathprod's work on 'Your Naked Ghost...', the material for this album was handed to experimental virtuoso Christian Fennesz, who transformed the source material into a display of stripped, richly textured drone ambience. Unlike the dense tapestries of Helge Sten's rework, Fennesz treats the sounds with a more effervescent touch, rendering inherent crackles and surface noise into a gentle topography of blissfully dissipating sonics.
The collaborators developed a working relationship since performing as a trio in 2004, which explains the evidently tactile nature of this work, from the choral dissonance of opener 'Inconsolable Polymath' to the plaintive use of Hess's slow percussion and muted keys on the title track, allowing each element to contract and expand with a satisfying effortlessness. 'The Sound Of White' is a 20 minute closer that layers Chauveau's prepared guitar into glassy harmonics with near subliminal surges in volume drawing the ear to background crackle and hum for an engrossing, uneasy listen.