Sarah Davachi - All My Circles Run
(Students Of Decay)
Canadian composer Sarah Davachi creates deeply immersive, layered drones using analog and modular synthesizers. Reminiscent of minimalist composers like Eliane Radigue, Tony Conrad and LaMonte Young, her works explore psychoacoustics through subtle variations on sparse harmonic structures. In a move which may surprise followers of her previous output, the five compositions on this record eschew synthesizer entirely, each focusing on a different instrument, including strings, voice, organ and piano. What remains consistent, however, is her striking attention to detail and a commitment to tonal possibilities that characterize all of her work. The sinewy 'For Strings' opens the album, with keening overtones stretching out in all directions to form a massive, slow-moving, radiant sound. 'For Voice' charts an even more celestial course, as wordless vocals ebb and flow to awe-inspiring effect. The stunning, melancholic 'For Piano' closes the record and is a high watermark in Davachi's oeuvre, with plaintive piano figures nestled atop a shimmering string drone to create a rich, reverent atmosphere.
All My Circles Run is a huge step forward from an exciting artist whose compositional and aesthetic tendencies steer her steadfastly toward both the ruminative and the subtly sublime. (Lee)
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