This debut collaborative piece for NVO is an expansive soundwork, clocking in at some 37 minutes. On ” A Travers Le Bord”, Philips and King have combined forces for the first time in a detailed examination that they describe as a “crossing through a material edge or border…a liminal move from exterior to interior and vice versa…” This cerebral work opens delicately, drawing the listener in with a lightness of touch, delicate tones and pastel shades of sound which gradually explode (relatively speaking) and expand into tonal warmth underpinned with finely wrought, mysterious amniotic shards. There is plenty of light and shade here..space to think and move, fragile work, but intensely masculine.
Here and there bursts of light, a splinter of sound to light the way and keep the piece dynamic, constantly shape-shifting, always fascinating. The deliciously minimal cover artwork gives little away; perhaps it is a diagram of a collision chamber, a place of silent activity, the collision of matter at sub-microscopic level, not immediately discernable within the human sensorium, but there nevertheless, real and chaotic, but intrinsically beautiful. Interpretations are many fold, but A Travers Le Bord is simultaneously meditative and energising, an expression of the internal and the external, gently expanding and contracting like breath, giving life, creating movement. 37 minutes passes all too quickly, but as an introduction to this charming collaboration, leaves me hoping for more. BGN