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|kranky (usa) #krank 124 cd|
raglani “of sirens born” compact disc
- river in
- the promise of wood and water
- perilous straits
- washed ashore
|september 2008 release ; the mass-market debut of st. louis’ joe raglani, finally in stock !!!|
joe’s someone who’s been toiling in the underground for a few years now, with only a handful of attainable recorded appearances (a split w/ scenic railroads on gameboy, a tape on ides, and recently an excellent lp for john tamm-buckle’s kvist, along with a spate of self-released output on pegasus farms) ; so helping get his kranky debut off the ground & into the ears of a much wider audience was something i’m glad to have been a part of ...
despite joe’s name often being mentioned in affiliation with the noise-music wave, i place this set squarely in the canon of “bedroom minimalism” ; long pieces involving static modal drones (often sourced to chord-organs, melodica, and his own voice) coated in endless layers of modular-synth fizzle and flutes, acoustic guitar, etc ... always a festival of micro-detail, with the improvised elements never staying in one place or register for all too long ... unlike much of the music in this loose vein that crosses my desk these days, i get the feeling that nothing here is arbitrary, that each individual component was carefully & cleverly laid in the overall lattice ...
so, in short, this is a really great record ; if you’re feeling the more static end of tim hecker or greg davis’ recent music, and or want to witness a different approach to the contemporary synth-minimalism wave, i urge you to check this out ... highly recommended !!!
title: of sirens born
catalog #: krank124
formats available: cd
release date: september 15, 2008
situated in the soundworld of contemporary kosmiche electronica, of sirens born goes several steps further than many retro-focused efforts, rendering audibly literal the traditional metaphor of voyage that has underscored so many synth-driven concept albums. beginning tentatively and uneasily, these five pieces progress through expansive phases of grandeur and menace, shipwrecking before washing ashore on a new world. at the core of the work is the idea of the imaginary vista; high, keening drones issue from the heart of unknown rivers, populated on all sides by fantastically twittering creatures and alien flora, drawing the listener on with the hint of exotic treasure, hidden within forbidding and impossible jungles.
raglani drew the vocabulary of his sonic imagery from film (the new world, aguirre) and the early nonesuch documents of 'world music' (especially peruvian and andean folk music), distilling from these the dreamwork of epic travel and the alien strangeness of other cultures imagined through legend. song forms are dissolved here, but still present; electronic and acoustic sources blend seamlessly into majestically glittering waves. though its indebtedness to the dark romanticism of krautrock is clear, this is not an electronic trip through well-worn evocations of cosmic space. it is rather a story about the submerged memory of mythic voyages, of a time when every far-off destination was alluring, dangerous, and questionably real, envisioned from the perspective of a world well-mapped and conquered by machines.
joseph raglani is a veteran of the experimental sub-underground, having released an lp, tapes, cd-r's, and small-run cds through labels such as gameboy, ides, kvist and his own pegasus farms. this is his first widely distributed release.
"joe's on my short-list of people for whom i have high hopes ..." - keith fullerton whitman, mimaroglu music
"it's enormously comforting in these superficial silly sound bite times to hear an album that works clearly and unambiguously with tonal harmony without sounding fake, plastic, twee or ironic."- paris transatlantic