Aidan Baker

I Fall into You

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Aidan Baker has been quite prolific in 2002. I Fall Into You, a CD-R released by Public Eyesore, falls into the "good" pile. It consists of dark guitar soundscapes accompanied by poems. Baker, who also fronts a career as a writer, came up with powerful lyrics on the topic of love as addiction/virus/dependence/transformation. The diptych "I Fall Into You/& Replicate" becomes the leitmotif of the album and mirrors with its implications the dark eroticism of the ambient soundscapes. Baker plays guitar (electric and acoustic), bass, and loops, creating lush moods that slowly change in terms of hues and feelings. Naomi Okabe recites with him, incarnating the reciprocal of the poems. "Lapse" and "Lethe," both seven minutes in duration, work as the walk-in/walk-off pair. The second reuses the soft synth chords and beatbox track of the first in reverse, giving the track a mutated feel completely attuned to the topic. "Lysis" (25 minutes) and "Symbiosis" (ten minutes) present most of the argument, both lyric- and music-wise. There Baker hits a peak as a sound designer/collagist. The pieces run deep and captivate, much more than the improvised Letters. Baker struck a balance between word and sound, plus this album benefits from better production values and a solid concept. Recommended.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 7:16
2 24:50
3 10:18
4 1:00
5 7:16
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