Album Review

Knox, Richard & Oberland, Frederic D. – “Rustle of The Stars, The” – [Gizeh]

Thurston Hunger   5/7/2015   A Library, CD

Gorgeous glacier of sound, moving slow, cracking at the seams, icy
water samples float beneath the fragile piano, viola, and some
vox populi. Static transmissions rattle the “Sea of Bones” but
are buried beneath the floes of the sound. The album resonates
deeply, even if the intentions of the two co-pilots are not as
clear as the sounds contained within (you can wrestle with the
Rustle of the Stars described inside. On “The Week of Hope” are
the gears clicking as an anchor is retracted beneath a frigate
or is it just the sounds of the coolant pumped into the large
meat locker you are trapped in? It’s an album that is tense
but never in a panic…almost soothing but for the minor key
menace and the subtle tug of electric dissonance that bleeds
gently into your ears while listening. What is the sound of
one row boat being bowed? Does this have a life-preserver
linked around Gavin Bryar’s Titanic and the crew of the Dutch
Harbor soundtrack? Cool sounds, if not sub-zero ones. Looks
like Knox runs the Gizeh label out of Manchester UK with a kind
of focus on deep flowing, almost organic, sounds. Glad we got
a copy of this…
-Thurston Hunger

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