Boomkat Product Review:
Pioneering composer Anthony Moore and co probe an “inner soundscape” of waking dream-like extractions for those who like it liminal as fuck and sensurreal - RIYL Jim O’Rourke, Delia's ‘Dreams,’ Markus Schmickler’s unsettling psychoacoustics
Accompanied by members of Therapeutische Hörgruppe Köln, Dirk Specht and Tobias Grewenig, the trio connote the sensation of “waking up from a long dream, and being stuck inside its echo” across a series of four extended works that lend themselves to a properly zonked experience. Anthony Moore brings a real depth of knowledge from his half century of recordings since ‘Pieces From the Cloudland Ballroom’ (1971), as well as his subvocalised narration, to considerately minimalist gestures from Specht and Grewenig, whom he has collaborated with regularly since the early ‘00s.
In glacial, smeared transitions between long elliptical drones and heavily processed voices, the trio conjure a real deep listening dive that unfolds with something between dream and nightmare logic, littering the path with acousmatic interventions that keep us on our toes, but ultimately horizontal and floating, with psychoacoustic trickery recalling a subtler approach to Markus Schmickler works as much as the slippery, shapeshifting silhouettes of Jim O’Rourke’s ‘To Magnetize Money…’ ace or the lingering aftereffects of Daphne Oram’s eternally haunting ‘Dreams.’