Boomkat Product Review:
Loren Connors and Daniel Carter colour the night darkest blue in a breathtaking new addition to Connors’ ongoing, 17 year long ‘Departing…’ series of meditations on the Miles Davis’ epic ’He Loved Him Madly’
Both active since the ‘70s, this is the first time that free-ranging reeds/brass player Carter has recorded with the maestro Connors. But you’d hardly tell from the preternatural elegance and intimacy of their performance on ‘The Departing of a Dream Vol. VII’, where they jointly push off into scene of vanishing music, with choral-like sheets of barely discernible electric guitar melting into decaying trumpet drones and smoky air.
Recorded in the reverberant environs of Murmrr Theatre, Brooklyn, in September 2017, and exquisitely mixed by Jim O’Rourke at Steamroll in Tokyo, the album reaches seamlessly across both sides in a billowing style that resonates with, for example, the spectral styles of Alex Zhang Hungtai’s ‘Divine Weight’. However, Carter and Connors’ efforts unfold with a guile and patient wisdom that speaks to more than a century of respective, lived experience, between them.
Theirs is a timeless, abstract dialogue of incredible emotive subtlety and shading, operating at a languorous pace and with a crucial, subliminal grasp of amplitude control that it’s hard not to quickly fall under their spell, shut your eyes and be carried off behind your eyelids. No doubt this album is going straight onto the late night specials shelf. It’s just immaculate.