Boomkat Product Review:
After that ace split tape with Lucy Van for Purely Physical Teeny Tapes, Laila Sakini returns with this quietly spellbinding album for Total Stasis, a smudged and vulnerable arrangement for piano, effects and voice that’s majorly pushing our buttons.
Sakini is in possession of whatever it is that makes our ears prick up whenever we see her name mentioned. These are plaintive and uncooked recitals adorned with some effects - some delay, the sound of distant clattering filling in as percussion - and the result is substantially more than the sum of its parts. Laila creates a fully insulated and self sufficient soundworld that operates on its own intimate logic. Bits of it remind us of the last few seconds of Cranes' ’Tomorrow’s Tears’ (minus Alison Shaw’s piercing voice), or what Britton Powell describes as “wallpaper; ornate and repetitive” in his liner notes to Dominique Lawalrée perfectly formed 'First Meeting’ - another apt frame of reference.
On LP closer ‘Butterflies' Sakini’s vocal plays a more prominent role, although still distant and layered, i guess somewhere in very vague proximity to Grouper albeit less aware of its audience. There’s an almost baroque, merry-go-round feeling to it, like a once forgotten dream recalled with lucid clarity for a split second, before slipping out of grasp for eternity.