Album Review

Cristal – “Homegoing” – [Hand-Held Recordings]

Roland Blunt   8/7/2014   A Library, CD


2013 Hand-Held Recordings CD re-release (of a 2010 Flingco Sound System LP) from Cristal, a trio of electronics manipulators out of Richmond, VA…Jimmy Anthony, Gregory Darden, and Robert Donne (Lebradford).

Homegoingvarying degrees of textured ambient drone featuring guest cellist Taylor Burton :

Track 1 (6:45)…cellowed-out pensive tension

Track 2 (2:30)…expansive icy driftage

Track 3 (6:58)…searing plasmatic immersions

Track 4 (5:29)…soaring metallic washes retrograde into oblivion

Track 5 (7:29)…delicate airy strains

Track 6 (10:50)…avian calls stillpoint to threshold

Track 7 (00:45)…Silence

Bonus Track 8 (3:33)…grimy screeches amidst Reichian flutters

Bonus Track 9 (4:12)…ripping through the noise floor (Pan American Remix).

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