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Following on from an active period of concert performances (which has included a live appearance at York Minster as part of the Spire project) Suite: Live In Liverpool finds Jeck very much on top of his game, capturing a show at FACT in Liverpool from some years back.
Immediately the music plunges into a deep pool of vinyl crackle and we're submerged in that familiar Jeck soundworld. You'll hear snatches of what sounds like a gamelan ensemble tucked away in there, vast washes of old string recordings, and more industrial, sculpted noise textures too, all of which get filtered through a toolbox of disheveled, grainy electronics.
Although Jeck's music has always had that 'phantom radio broadcast' feel to it - as if you're hearing some lost and jumbled shortwave sounds drifting across the aether - there's a coherence to this set, and while he does have a tendency to glance across music derived from s variety of disparate cultures, his craft is executed seamlessly and with a real instinct for compositional cogency.
As with Sand, this album seems to place emphasis on the footprints left by Jeck's working processes over and above the importance of the sound sources themselves, and the entire set feels like a thoroughly abstract, almost ghostly presence. Highly recommended.