Boomkat Product Review:
Seriously lifted material from Robert Curgenven that amplifies Ireland's biggest pipe organ on a dub soundsystem. Bowel churning pre-Christian drones for anyone into Oren Ambarchi, FUJI||||||||||TA, Kali Malone, Áine O'Dwyer et al.
Recorded live in 2018 at Cork Midsummer Festival, "Tailte Cré-Umha (Bronze Lands)" is an all-acoustic solo performance for St Fin Barre's Cathedral's 32ft pipe organ and a massive dub soundsystem. If that sounds odd and impressive, you'd be right: this follows Curgenven's solid run of releases over the last few years and might surpass them all. The sound of the organ is truly knee-shaking, giving the recording a character that's impossible to mimic digitally.
The piece was inspired by Ireland's relations with Cornwall and Mediterranean Europe in the Bronze age, and feels as if it's channeling our complicated history through the epochs. There's the omnipresent character of the pipe organ that sings of hundreds of years of Catholicism, but the resonant drones and thick bass tones point to a deeper story. It's moving, historical material from Curgenven, that chimes harmonically with our obsession with pipe organ sounds. Recommended!