Boomkat Product Review:
Incredible album of avant-R&B and spectral orchestral wonders finding NYC concrète artist Marina Rosenfeld recording two youth choirs and then layering/phasing them in the most absorbing and provoking way imaginable, poking a spot in our minds somewhere between György Ligeti and Klein.
The first time release of two mesmerising works dating to 2008/2014, performed by groups of teenagers in NYC and London respectively, Rosenfeld is here on typically heady and intuitive form - high in concept, and completely transformative in execution.
The three-part ‘roygbiv&b’ was premiered at MoMA in 2011, with this recording performed in 2014 at the South London Gallery by a local south London youth choir singing XTina acappella’s that were then gently looped, phased and layered by Rosenfeld. The results and just stunning - a wild transposition of avant-garde concept and R&B disciplines into something resembling Klein doing Gaelic Psalm singing; all stereo-phasing multi-part harmonies left mostly untreated, unhurried and airily spacious for minds to wander.
Recorded in NYC’s cavernous Park Avenue Armoury, ‘Teenage Lontano' on the flipside is in essence a “cover” of Gyorgy Ligeti’s 1960’s work structured around dissonant polychords for voice. After marinating for over a decade in her archive since 2008, with only scant glimpses heard on her ‘Plastic Materials’ (2009) CD, the results arrive as one of Marina’s most haunting recordings, mirroring the vertiginous scale and movement of what we loved about her groundbreaking ‘P.A./Hard Love’ album but with a more illusive and haunting sensation arising from its swaying mass and sparing, air-zapping electrocutions. We can only imagine how it would have sounded in the Armory space, but fair to say - the recording conveys the experience in stunning dimensions.
An album that plays like a dream, 'Teenage Lontano’ has got us dangling by a thread, scalp tingling and jaw-dropped. Unmissable.