Flies Inside the Sun

Cactus Sky

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Ironically, the master tapes for this album by this New Zealand experimental noise ensemble were salvaged from a fire. The low-tech music is imbued with a burnt-out quality that sounds like it has been dusted off after some century buried in ash. The collective of Brian Crook, Peter Stapleton, Danny Butt, and Kim Pieters have created a universe of abstract and faded sound clouds that have a distant resonance of ancient music. While their recordings to jump out as strikingly as some free improvisation, theirs is more concerned with capturing the ambience of the moment, making for a recording that is deeply personal. A similar approach to Texas outsiders Charlambadies, in that improvisation is less about tricks and more about texture. Unique packing of this self-produced CD gives it even more of a personal touch, and their quiet inventions are sublimely addictive listening.