Album Review

Moult, Richard & David Colohan – “hexameron” – [Time Released Sound]

Naysayer   6/17/2014   A Library, CD

When you see, find, touch or hear something that is so absolutely beautiful, so fulfilling, so rich and wondrous, you just have to pause. And wait. And allow it to sink in.
This is what is still happening to me after having listened to Richard Moult and David Colohan’s exquisite duo piece, “hexameron”. Richard Moult is from the group United Bible Studies, so experience in creating mood steeped in christian and pagan artifice are well exercised. David Colohan, who sometimes appears on UBS projects, is musically prolific on his own. Both gentlemen have a lot of musical experience to choose from.
For this project, the choice is instrumental. And the mood is ancient, Gaelic, wind swept vistas, cold north sea, church and castle ruins and sites of pagan rituals. It’s not frightening, but it is open and sometimes somber and full of memory.
Moult first recorded the piano pieces on a cold January in 2013, between the hours of 3 and 4 am, on the Isle of Skye, during gale force winds. Sounds like a good setting. Skye, by the way, is the largest northern island in Scotland. Windy. And wet. Colohan recorded his sounds, made from acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, alto saxophone and trombone at the Hibemaculum, Ballymahon, Ireland between the Spring and Autumn of 2013. Also sounds like a good setting.
Moult mixed these sounds to create this lush work. Swelling piano, then ever so faint. Guitar feedback with simple string plunks. An isolated horn sound plaintively calling out. Just all so rich. Think Durutti Column for piano, or a more acoustic Godspeed when they get going. But then it can be such simple piano notes. Or hints of ancient religious music. The pieces are not rushed. They are thoughtful.
The title, “hexameron” refers to the genre of theoretical treatise that looks at the six days of creation of the universe described in the Christian and Judaic religious texts. It also refers to any six of something. “hexameron” is broken up into six parts and most definitely has a feeling of creation, turbulence, wonder.

Stop for a moment when playing and really allow yourself to enjoy.
And let it sink in.

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