Stria is the counterpart to Confluence, which is credited to Jgrzinich and Seth Nehil and was released simultaneously on the Intransitive label. The first two pieces have been composed by Nehil from recordings by both artists and by participants in a group recording laboratory where non-musicians were instructed to respond to source material by playing simple household objects. "Tome Gather" (20 minutes) takes the form of a rather static drone, gentle and warm. It sounds like an orchestra of bowed wires (reminiscent of Stephen Froyleks' stringed bathtub). "Arboreal" (eight and a half minutes) is percussion-based, but despite the different sound palette, the dynamics remain limited and once again individual contributions are meshed into a highly cohesive group sound. The stereo separation in this piece is very wide, offering many details to focus your attention on. The third and last piece, "The Mirrored Corner" (16 minutes), is credited to John Grzinich with "additions" by Nehil. It consists of a dense, multi-layered assemblage of wire drones taken from the duo's 1999 Biotope installation in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Much more dynamic, it feels like an orchestra of tides, with ebbs and flows beating against each other. The metallic nature of the wires translates into a shimmering, glass-like soundscape that stands as the highlight of Stria and Confluence combined.
AllMusic Review by François Couture