Basking in the afterglow of success with the release of their highly praised EXTRACT book and CD earlier this year, Austrian based Non Visual Objects has recently released three CD’s simultaneously, further consolidating their position as one of the electronic minimalism scene’s hardest working and most influential labels.
Tomas Phillips emerged from the Post Punk era, being a formative member of Rites of Spring, who provided the soundtrack to a host of Washington DC’s veteran post-punks, for whom introspection and renewal were essential components in the ongoing reconstruction of personal and political defiance.
Painstakingly observing NVO’s now characteristic emphasis on near- silence and ascetic restraint, Phillips has systematically reconfigured some of the original Rites of Spring pieces, paring them back to bleached bones, but now re-populated with piano progressions and stark, digital interventions. Divided into two segments, DRINK_DEEP, and IN SILENCE_WORDS AWAY, these pieces shift uneasily, like brooding tectonic plates drifting on molten lava. These are stark, darkly lit atmospheres borne on slowly evaporating tones, reminiscent of Thomas Koner’s “Permafrost” era, only here, Philips utilises more protracted silences for emphasis and drama, slowly injected with delicate instrumental elements. IN SILENCE_WORDS¬AWAY is notably “busier” than much of NVO’s output of late; NVO having created a reputation for its micro-minimalist tendencies in the last couple of years, staking its claim as one of the bravest, exploratory minimalist labels in the world today, Philips’ work adds yet another dimension to a roster already populated with some very fine talent indeed. Highly recommended. BGN