Polio

Concrete

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Concrete as in cement or as in "musique concrete"? A little bit of both, actually. At the basis of the three pieces on this album are field recordings -- at least that's what the short liner notes hint at. And once processed and reconstructed, they have the abrasive feel of concrete. Peter Wright, the man behind Polio, has created three drones that hover somewhere between concrete music (since the ghost of the source is occasionally detectable) and noise. One thinks of Aube's elemental cycle, or of Aidan Baker's ambient guitar soundscapes. "Enclave," in particular, develops its own universe, an engulfing world of buzzes and shivers that creates its own logic even though it escapes a rational description. "Paradise Lost" begins with wind trapped inside a tunnel (or is it a low-pitch analog synth?) and a few footsteps, builds up to something slightly more intense, and then reverts to its original state. The idea is simple but it is conducted elegantly and successfully. Wright is probably not aiming at creating a cinema for the ear, at least not consciously, but despite the lack of a narrative plot, the music is still imbued with a sense of drama. A strong release from the small CD-R label Humbug.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
12:32
2
15:40
3
9:09
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