Boomkat Product Review:
Slovakia’s Mappa label farm 32 inventive emulations of the avian world by some of the canniest experimental operators around, including Ecka Mordecai x Malvern Brume, JAB, Mike Cooper, Tomutonttu, Baldruin, Kate Carr, James Rushford, Andrew Pekler, Atte Elias Kantonen, Felicity Mangan and many more.
Similar in scope to Rashad Becker’s ‘Traditional Music for Imaginary Species’, or Mica Levi’s haunting use of ancient Incan wind instruments that mimic birds of the mountains and jungles on the ’Monos’ OST, the set explores the idea exhaustively while keeping our attention intact. The musicians each take artistic license to answer the call with a vast range of frequencies that anthropomorphise the range of avian sounds, from randy solo birds to anxious murmurations and all manner in between.
Among our faves, Ecka Mordecai & Malvern Brume take it right back to source with acoustic coos played on Ecka’s custom-made egg flutes - eggs emptied of insides and blown gently - while Finnish psych ace Tomutonttu neatly contrasts in his cartoonish use of electronics on ‘Harpusta / Tarjous’, and wandering bluesman Mike Cooper speaks from experience in the South Seas on his wistful contribution ‘The Wild Birds of Bluesealand’.
Field recording alchemist Kate Carr impresses with the range of tonal colours and cadence to ‘Three Calls’, and German psych-folklorist Baldruin makes our feathered friends sound like they’ve been on the ergot with the wigged out whistles and chirrups to ‘Sonderbare Ereignisse am Lake Hillier.’
A spellbinding way to spend a couple of hours, no less.