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Kali Malone shares the rehearsal tapes for what became ‘The Sacrificial Code’ - our AOTY 2019 - with her quiet brainstorm of elemental expression in ’Studies for Organ’ .
Self-released earlier in 2020 and now impossible to find, this new edition of the ’Studies for Organ’ tape should sate fiends and provide a captivating glimpse behind the curtain of Kali’s lowkey//weighty pipe organ music. In Kali’s own words, the six works were recorded as “a form of note taking during the compositional process, not thinking of the recording as a final form but as a documentation of an evolving practice” and as such they feel looser than the precisely chiselled body of work they informed, tending to float in lolling transitions between notes with a slow burning, real time, stream-of-consciousness brilliance.
Kali explains she was “Fascinated by the transmutability of the musical material” that was captured during these formative sessions, whose richness of minimalist ornamentation and introspective expression would lend itself to be scored for other organs and instruments. But here it’s left uncut and wide open, overlapping in elegant mid-air geometries and with the sounds of buttons and keys gently punctuating the radiant stillness of her style in a way that was absent from the subsequent album’s more austere results. Trust Kali’s work here will turn whatever space it’s received in, into a resonant chamber for reflection.