Aaron Moore’s pedigree as erstwhile drummer with experimental faction, Volcano the Bear stands him in good stead for this, his first solo excursion and a debut for Elsie and Jack. “The Accidental” , so named after is was left gathering dust in Moore’s archives as an abortive collaboration with Oren Ambarchi, and then resuscitated with agitations from sympathetic allies, and with the help of friends Andrew Liles, Luke Fowler and Alex Nielson, was given a new lease of life.
The Accidental is a collection of reduced atmospheres, an austere, though engaging exploration that distils tonalities, leaving us with residual traces, like an erased drawing, or evaporating liquid. Some of the tonal gestures, and sampled events have the patina of gently decaying metals, whilst, more surprisingly, the piano makes an appearance with delicacy and lightness of touch (Three Guineas), or the droney chord organ, as featured on Crayo. These textures gently brush against each other, creating a serene, meditative experience that never yields to stock ambience, nor rampant experimental noodling. Unlike many of his more ascetic minimalist contemporaries, Moore achieves the sublime, infusing his finely honed minimalism with a sense of charm and humanity, that is uniquely English, slightly off-kilter, but exquisitely compelling. The failure of these works as a collaboration with Ambarchi is unfortunate, as both musicians share similar modus operandi, but it would have inevitably been a potentially more predictable outcome had it come to fruition. In the main, this is an interesting and highly mature sound that has the capacity to propel Moore’s solo efforts into the same league as Ambarchi and Niblock. I wait and watch with anticipation. Highly recommended. BGN