Album Review

Beauclerk – “Beauclerk” – [Panpipe Records]

Cousin Mary   3/21/2011   A Library, CD

Beauclerk (bo-claire) is James Bradley who plays saxophone, but that instrument is only occasionally recognizable here. It appears that extensive distortion and looping of that sax sound in post production has created this marvelous release. Lots of variety, by turns sounding like horns, engines, tapping, organ, screeching, synthesizer and ominous scraping. Probably would be categorized as ambient, experimental noise.

Some track titles are especially apt: 1. City Ablaze sounds like engines and horns, 2. Pecking Order has tapping sounds, 8. Dance of the Stars is very spacey.

Notes: Track 9 Gegenschein (gay-gan-shine) means “counter shine” in German. In astronomy, gegenschein refers to the reflection of light from interplanetary dust.

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