Album Review

Coelacanth – “Glass Sponge, the ” – [23FIVE Inc.]

Max Level   8/18/2006   A Library, CD

Coelacanth is a Cretaceous Age fish believed extinct for millions of years, then discovered this century to be alive and well. Coelacanth is also the name of this collaboration of local artists Loren Chasse (Thuja, Id Battery, Jewelled Antler Collective) and Jim Haynes (solo recordings, visual artist, and writer). They use organic drones and textures to construct long abstract pieces of the quiet, slow-developing type. The larger concept here addresses decay, corrosion, extinction. This is expressed by combining micro-recordings of rocks, metals, air, chemicals, glass, and countless unknown things undergoing various physical transformations. Imagine super-time-lapse recordings of hundreds of millions of years passing on earth; each of the Eras, Ages, and Epochs producing its own assortment of sounds and dynamics. Track 2 is probably the noisiest, but even then it doesn’t hit more than maybe 3 or 4 on a volume scale of 10.

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