David Abir

Movement A, Study 33/Landscape

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As the third installment in Sulfur Records' Meld Series -- a series compiling a number of artists exploring the categorical limitations of music -- this split CD featuring David Abir and Asley Wales is a intriguing experiment. The record begins with a burbly, aquatic wash of sound, credited to David Abir, a classically trained pianist. His piece, "Movement A, Study 33," is drawn out beautifully over 20 minutes with its subtly orchestrated Steve Reich-like minimalism. Abir's patiently paced, well-constructed patterns are woven by symphonic synths and lonely cello strings and flow like a wandering stream. He treats the synthesizers with a great deal of reverb and echo creating a dub-like classical composition where ghostly vocals reverberate and fade in and out of the mix. As well, repetition plays a large role in the discovery of the piece. The second track finds Ashley Wales, well-known for his work in drum'n'bass outfit Spring Heel Jack, in the somewhat unfamiliar territory of slowed-down low-tech ambient scapery. His track, entitled "Landscape," has the potential to be a full-on techno track but the beats never fully open up. The abstract noises are subdued and gentle as if they are waiting to be uncovered with every next note. Together, Abir's "Movement A, Study 33" and Wales' "Landscape" make for an understated, and rather complex, minimal record.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 23:25
2
feat: Ashley Wales
14:39
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