Boomkat Product Review:
Triage is the third album in DJ Olive's "sleeping pills" series of releases, following on from the somnolent tones of 2004's Buoy and 2006's Sleep (originally composed in 2001). The album represents the auditory document of an installation at this year's Whitney Biennial, which hosted the first playback of this hour-long piece, but the music transfers itself exceptionally well into the context of home listening. DJ Olive is joined by a host of collaborators and contributors, all assisting in the pursuit of this most quiet and subtly detailed of compositions, the most prominent of whom is Christian Fennesz, who assists in production and processing. During the sixty minutes over which it exists, 'Triage' drifts between vast, warm, electric tones, dissolved instrumental perfomances (there's even some bagpipe in here) and airy, low volume location sounds. It all makes for a compelling journey, and although it's all mixed at a comparatively low volume, cranking 'Triage' up will reveal a deep and immersive soundscape filled with mysterious acousmatic transitions and evocatively cinematic sound designs. It's a truly hypnotic blend, ideal for stirring up images from the reposeful subconscious. Gorgeous.