Boomkat Product Review:
TAR is a poetically plotted suite of ambient/noise and modern classical composition with a real emotive pull, firmly realised by Iranian artist, Siavash Amini. It follows a pair of his albums issued on tape by Mexico City’s excellent Umor Rex to pursue a personal exploration of “the fragile tensions between an individual and a collective subconscious” - effectively opening up and inhabiting the space between waking life and nightmares/dreams.
Let’s be fair, there’s probably 20 albums a week that purport to delve into that twilight zone, but the efficacy of their vision rests on a delicate balance between the presence of the composer and their ability to subtract themselves and leave behind something more intangible,and in turn their ability to suspend our disbelief and immerse us in that space.
By sleight of hand and detail of tone and space, Amini arguably maintains that veil impeccably throughout the four sections of TAR, generating an oneiric series of visual/musical prompts which suggest riveting, yet sometimes harrowing, imagery and sensations, but like a dream its sense of “darkness” is just out of reach, impending and lurking rather than in your face or quite real.
It flows with an elemental sorcery from reverberant electronic space and caustic noise swells to sweeping strings in A Dream’s Frozen Reflection in a way that recalls subtler Ben Frost, while the stygian viscosity of Rivers of Tar recalls the most impressive aspects of Subtext’s grand statements, but again with a more nuanced, modern cinema noir appeal, and Face On The Sand reminds us of parts to Sir Richard Bishop and W. David Oliphant’s Beyond All Defects.
But it’s really all building to the denouement of The Dust We Breathe, which generates Tar’s most tumultuous and varied topography, from gripping electrical storm disturbances to keening strings and a jaw-dropping turn half way thru its 14 minute trek, towards a more glorious light that reminds of the fade out to Kara-Lis Coverdale’s Grafts.
If you know what’s good for you, check this album out.