We are still waiting for the arrival of our son… ah yes, the best things in life take time, require patience.
So, to say the least, my head is a wee bit overloaded, which is why I have been diving headlong into the glorious pool of minimalist recordings I have in my collection. And one of the very latest in this collection is Peaceful Music I – VIII, by Brisbane based sonic experimentalist, Marisa Allen (aka Bremen Town Musician).
She describes it as:
Alone in your room. It’s winter. No it’s summer… but not yet. A dog barks, there is a chicken wandering through the yard and the possums scream during the night. You live in the city but you don’t really live in the city. It’s quiet. Everything starts to warp and then you are melting. It’s 3 am. It’s midafternoon. It’s not breakfast. It’s not lunch. The wind is blowing, the clouds are gathering. A car. A motorbike. Nothing else.
Here’s the video for 2nd single from the album, IV:
The album is available now for download from Bremen Town Musician’s BandCamp site.
Another recent release well worth getting your ears on is The Peregrine by one of Brisbane’s sonic pioneers, Lawrence English. In fact, if you want to do this, you had better get cracking as The Peregrine is a strictly limited release of 500 vinyl copies. Composed in response to J.A. Baker’s book of the same name, English’s latest work cements him as one of the modern masters of his craft.
Here’s a passage from J.A. Baker’s, The Peregrine:
Swiftly now he is resigning his savagery to the night that rises round us like dark water. The great eyes look into mine. When I move my arm before his face, they still look on, as though they are seeing something beyond me from which they cannot look away. The last light flakes and crumbles down. Distance moves through the dim lines of the inland elms, and comes closer, and gathers behind the darkness of the hawk. I know he will not fly now. I climb over the wall and stand before him. And he sleeps.
And you can listen to a sample from the album here: