Album Review

Irmert, Jana – “Flood” – [Fabrique]

lexi glass   9/23/2020   A Library, Cassette

Jana Irmert is a composer from Berlin who has collaborated with Jóhann Jóhannsson, Christopher Chaplin and other artists that blend music with film and visual media. While this 2017 release is a stand-alone album, Flood surely summons rich imagery with its mix of field recordings and electronic sounds: a vision of massive walls of ice meeting a slow thaw. We hear the ice breaking and cracking, its melt flowing into the oceans. The catastrophic process is overseen by an outside consciousness that pulses from above, as if to sound a warning. It unfolds in three parts: a 22 minute track, a shorter interlude, and a final long form piece. Though quiet and slow moving, there’s movement and detail that keep Flood consistently engaging throughout, an impressive feat. Our first release from the Vienna experimental label Fabrique.

you heard it 16 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 124 days ago, Whispering Growl played FLOOD Pt. 1 (standing on breaking ice)
  • 489 days ago, Avakhov played FLOOD Pt. 1 (standing on breaking ice)
  • 818 days ago, Phil Phactor played FLOOD Pt. 2 (silence on a string)
  • 826 days ago, Teachers AIDS played FLOOD Pt. 1 (standing on breaking ice)
  • 835 days ago, Gram Sayles played FLOOD Pt. 1 (standing on breaking ice)
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