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Transfixing modular moments from Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe in the wake of his mesmerising solo studio work for Demdike Stare’s DDS label, alongside collaborations with everyone from new age pioneer Ariel Kalma to modern classicists Jóhann Jóhannsson and Hildur Gudnadóttir over the last twelve months. Highly recommended if you're into Arthur Russell, Robert Lippok, Mica Levi, Julius Eastman, JD Emmanuel...
Recorded in 2016 at the Land and Sea gallery-turned-label, the ribboning performance of Thought Withdrawal centres around Cello-like motifs that are broken down into four stages.
Opening with processed choral voices, spheric modular rubs and swaying cello in the slowly systolic spirit convections of his 14 minute Stage 1, the relatively brief 3 minute window of Stage 3 finds Lowe isolating and enunciating the strings in a seesawing, icily baroque modular prism.
Stage 2 is the most minimal of all four, gently investigating a lilting modular murmur that somehow recalls Arthur Russell's sublime World of Echo, before Stage 4 presents the record’s pivotal denouement, coalescing those modular phrases in a viscous flux of plonging dub bass and plangent choral expression recalling his immense Timon Irnok Manta side, as well as classic To Rococo Rot.
In effect, Thought Withdrawal is one of the strongest testaments you’ll find to Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe’s rarified yet free modular discipline, and his ability to articulate and elicit a rarified, unusual spectrum of emotions with the barest of elements.