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Description Without Place "Filaments"
A long distance collaboration between Anthony Paul Kirby of The Circular Ruins, and James McDougall of Entia Non.
Over the last few years, Anthony Paul Kerby has released a number of discs as The Circular Ruins, Lammergeyer and Nunc Stans. His work has always been of the highest quality and now with the release of "Filaments" by Description Without Place, fans are treated not only to new work from Kerby, but also the opportunity to hear his work in collaboration with another very talented performer, James McDougall of Entia Non. Bringing together sonic elements from each of these impressive artists, "Filaments" is a wonderful release that engages and captures the imagination, taking the listener on a journey to new and undiscovered spaces.
Beginning with "The Gold Tree is Blue", Kerby and McDougall set the tone for the release with a thick drone based form that fills the soundfield. Musical phrases drift through the piece adding to the depth of the track and suggesting movement through a wider plane to the listener. The track continues to grow in this style, building to a climax until suddenly the sound is gone, leaving the listener in a sparse and barren wasteland. Track two, "Physical World", rises up through the emptiness, a fluid tone bubbling underneath a distant drone. Other alien tones flow through the track, gaining in volume and clarity as time passes, slowly taking shape and becoming more distinct and visible. The end result is a beautiful minimal environment where tones are heard just on the periphery of the soundscape, a very delicate space just at the edge of the senses. Very nice.
"Nostalgia" builds from more abstract sounds, irregular percussion elements, static, field recordings, more. It's an unusual collection of tones but a very engaging one, and as it continues one can't help but become curious as to what will happen as it plays out, where the track will go over the course of its length. Voices and distant strings add to the proceedings, all combining to create a beautiful and haunting track.
"Cloister" opens with subtle morse code and a quiet drone. As the track continues more sounds are added, slowly rising from silence to become more distinct, but always retaining an air of mystery. Alien noises just on the periphery of identification play out, adding to the atmosphere, deepening the soundscape. A particularly strong track.
"Sunday Morning" has a melodicism about it, a quiet synth line that plays up and down the soundfield in a melancholy manner, paired with field recordings and other sounds that add to the space. It's a lovely blend of styles, an organic musicality paired with an atmospheric ambience to create a melancholy and mournful mixture that appeals despite it's darkness.
"Periphery" is a very short track, not even two minutes long. It creates a space, a quick glance at an environment where the space exists only for an instant. Nice work, but a track I would have liked to explore a little further.
"She Conceals Herself" closes the disc, a rainy seaside atmosphere for the listener to explore while a quiet melody plays in the background underneath everything else. It's an engaging piece, an interestingly abstract piece that leaves this listener quite satisfied.
It sometimes seems to me that living in the twenty-first century can be a neverending series of distractions and challenges, so I welcome music that can take me away for a little while, music that can bring a little order to all the chaos and activity that permeates our day to day lives. "Filaments" is a set of music that can do that for me, an excellent disc that inspires those kind of mid-day reveries that only the best music can bring. For the course of its length I can let the world slip by for a while and just enjoy a new space, a new world. My thanks to Kerby and McDougall for sharing this new world with us.
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last updated 05/22/11