Skip to main content

Featured Post

Oppo RX17 Pro Review

Though similar to the OnePlus 6T the Oppo RX17 Pro is very different thanks to the software. Here’s our full review
Should I Buy The Oppo RX17 Pro?
The RX17 Pro is a great looking phone with good performance and a lush display. But with a Snapdragon 710 rather than the better 845 it’s just impossible not to compare it to the OnePlus 6T which looks the same, has better software for the western market and, importantly, costs less.
If you like the look of Oppo’s interface though then there’s a lot to like. The two colour options are premium as is the build quality and the cameras are above average if not great.

Sarah Davachi - Gave in Rest Music Album Reviews

The Canadian composer’s latest album marks a subtle but significant shift in her music-making, marking her most extensive foray to date into the hands-on, real-time realm of studio recording.

Something unexpected happens almost exactly one minute into “Auster,” the opening track on Sarah Davachi’s Gave in Rest: The song goes silent. It happens abruptly, as though someone has hit the pause button on the Canadian composer’s dial-tone drone. Then, after a few soundless seconds, the tone cluster springs back to life, except deeper and darker. Such a break is almost unheard of in Davachi’s work, in which electronic and acoustic tones—vintage analog synthesizers, Mellotron, Hammond organ, cello, viola, piano, voice—are layered as intricately as tendons and sinew. Hers is a music of continuity, where the shifts in tone and timbre happen so subtly you barely perceive them taking place. But the pauses in “Auster,” and the subsequent changes in pitch, go on like that, once every 60 seconds or so, for the duration of the eight-and-a-half-minute track, until it comes to seem almost that the music itself is breathing. As the Slits once noted, silence is a rhythm too.

Those breaks are symbolic of a larger rupture: Gave in Rest marks a subtle but significant shift in Davachi’s music-making. Despite the vastness she conjured—lines arcing toward a perpetually receding horizon; reverb suggestive of caves, cathedrals, canyons—most of her composition until now has taken place in the flat, virtual space of the computer. She has occasionally worked with collaborators, and she has done some work with acoustic instruments in actual recording studios, but for the most part these occasions have served mainly as opportunities to generate raw material to be rearranged in Logic later. She’s been as much a collage artist as a composer.

But Gave in Rest, recorded in Montreal’s Hotel2Tango studio, marks Davachi’s most extensive foray into the hands-on, real-time realm of studio recording, where the sound and even the vibe of the room are intrinsic to what gets caught on tape. Hotel2Tango is a particularly hallowed space—Arcade Fire, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Wolf Parade have all recorded there—and it’s equipped with a pretty enviable gear list; the plate reverb Davachi used is said to be the very same unit applied to Stevie Nicks’ voice when Fleetwood Mac recorded “Rhiannon.”

Davachi says that much of the writing this time took place before she went into the studio, working out harmonic relationships on the piano, then fleshing out those ideas with collaborators (Godspeed’s Thierry Amar on contrabass, Thee Silver Mt. Zion’s Jessica Moss on violin, Terri Hron on recorders, and Lisa McGee, aka Vestals, singing), as well as playing the effects as though they were instruments. In “Gloaming,” the piano is run through multiple tape-echo devices whose controls are manipulated on the fly: What starts out sounding like one of Grouper’s ruminative sketches is gradually smeared until nothing is left but an ambient blur.

In some places on Gave in Rest, Davachi’s music sounds much like it always has: “Auster” remains, despite the pauses, a minimalist study of harmony and tone color, and the gorgeous “Third Hour” is languid and drifting. But there’s also more motion here than we’ve heard in her work before. On previous releases, a track like “Third Hour” might have been a foggy snapshot of static tones; now, her elements slowly twist like tall grass in the wind, contrapuntal melodies pulling themselves up and away from the background, flashing out in stark relief before disappearing into the swirl.

“Evensong” goes even further. An ensemble piece for piano, organ, violin, bass, and voice, it marks the rare occasion when an honest-to-goodness chord progression can be detected in Davachi’s work. The title is a reference to evening services, particularly in the Anglican church, and there’s a distinctly liturgical feel to the song’s resonant textures and melancholy harmonies, with their eerie echoes of medieval music.

Davachi has said that much of the album was inspired by a summer spent touring in Europe, seeking out moments for reflection in the reverberant stone spaces of centuries-old churches. The purest expression of that experience takes shape in the album’s closing track, “Waking,” recorded in a single take on the Hammond organ. A tentative right-hand melody paces up and down the scale, pulling against the root note; pulsing overtones throb and relax as Davachi’s chords shift between tension and resolution. It is meditative, searching, but also peaceful—the sound of solitude and solace. It’s one of the simplest things Davachi has ever written, and also among the most powerful.

View the original article here


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Popular posts from this blog

OnePlus 5G Phone Release Date, Price & Spec Rumours

OnePlus is working with Qualcomm and EE to ensure it has one of the first 5G phones available in Europe, but when will the 5G OnePlus launch?
OnePlus is going to be one of the first smartphone makers to release a 5G phone in 2019, said co-founder Carl Pei at December's Qualcomm summit. It has been working on 5G since 2016 and has lined up partnerships with both EE - the network operator that pioneered 4G in the UK - and chip maker Qualcomm to ensure it is ready to go with the technology as soon as possible.

Best Drones 2019

Your guide to the latest and best drones of 2019. Check out our latest reviews and buyer's guide on the top drones for this year.
What's The Best Drone You Can Buy? Drones are undeniably cool, but unless you have the necessary know-how making an informed purchasing decision is virtually impossible - there are so many options, from cheap quadcopters to expensive professional drones for which you'll probably need to justify spending that much on a 'toy'.

Best kids' Tablets 2019

If you want to buy your child a tablet, here are the best and the most affordable out there to ensure they get the most suitable tablet for their age By Simon Jary | 02 Jan 2019

Honor 10 Lite Review

Honor continues to succeed in making the best cheap phones in the business. The Honor 10 Lite is a steal at £200. Here our full review
Should I Buy The Honor 10 Lite?
The Honor 10 Lite is one of the best cheap smartphones you can buy. It has good performance, decent battery life, a large display and dual cameras. 
You can get cheaper phones that do basically the same things but if you can stretch to £200 the 10 Lite’s performance is worth it.

LG G8 ThinQ Release Date, Price & Spec Rumours

What to expect from LG's next flagship phone and when - here's everything we know about the LG G8 ThinQ launch date, specifications and anticipated price.
In previous years LG has always favoured the MWC tradeshow for its flagship phone launch, which is traditionally held in late February/early March. However, in 2018 the LG G7 ThinQ (pictured) was held back until May, and a general lack of whispers on the web suggests the same could be true in 2019.

Like Fan Page