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    Espvall, Helena and Diaz-Infante, Ernesto – “A Hallowed Shell of Ash and Rust” – [Erototox Decodings]

    ash_rust
    The “drone room” is cavernous, with room for plenty
    of variety (and room for plenty of contemplation too.)
    Erstwhile Esper, Espvall joins forces here with the
    man from Pax, Ernesto, for a series of recordings
    that rather than denote the decay the album title
    implies, for me evoked more of the early morning
    pre-dawn sense of becoming. Frequently Espvall bows
    her cello so smoothly, and gracefully the sounds
    lack an attack or collapse and just hang like
    stalactites of sound where you can see neither end.
    Ernesto’s tanpura add shadows to those moments. I
    dig when those moments ricochet into more vibrant
    sound as on “Bridges to Nowhere” which also drops
    ornamental clutter and some slithery bowing and
    ethereal zings on top. Ernesto, a multi-instrument sort
    of fellow, often focused on prepared guitar; and
    here we find some of this best work. Adding bristle
    and rattle without tearing the fabric of the drone.
    Both he and Helena find ways to ping high harmonics.
    Both “Against A Realization In Weathered Iron” and
    “A Glamour In Base Materials” illustrates that with
    clouds on top of clouds all from the mountains of
    Twin Peaks. And is Espvall singing on the first,
    far away? Ghostly but not sepulchral. Tracks 7 and 8
    feature a little more twisted, active sound, and
    tight half-step dissonance. The whole album progresses
    through states (maybe therein lies the “Ash” and
    the “Rust”) and the titles strung together may be
    a poem, or clue, or item for further decoding.
    While at it, trace the dots to Morris Minor and
    KFJC’s pit on this release.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm
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