Helena Gough – with what remains-CD – Entr’acte

www.entracte.co.uk

Another absolute diamond from Entr’acte in the UK. Helena Gough produces a glitch-laden collection of pieces on “with what remains”, touching on territory previously inhabited by Goem, or Pita, yet somehow not repeating history, and manifesting something utterly unique.Gough generates muscular digital voids, doubtlessly layering field recordings and re-codings, angular sequences that squeal and howl, and then blister and trough into the lower depths. This is a recording of events, and there is rarely a dull or motionless moment here, each piece bristling with activity, and creative bluster.

The curiously entitled “condensed milk” (well, why not?) mobilises squelchy and off centre dynamics that move in and out of focus, and “silt” is pure digital delight, pin –sharp sampling and elegantly paced, verging on super-minimalism, but the shift of pace and tone mid-way leaves me gasping at Gough’s precision and originality. Something about this work would make me guess that it was composed by a Japanese artist, as Gough exhibits the rigour and precision of sound workers from Japan. There is something incredibly beautiful, and elegantly poised about each piece, and for me, “unsung” steals the show for its restrained richness, reminding me of Richard Devine, for want of a better reference. Somehow, Helena Gough manages to re-define glitch and minimalism in one effortlessly classy collection, and I for one, will be seeking her work and begging for more. A masterpiece. BGN

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WHITE_LINE was set up three years ago, in order to play and promote the work of artists and musicians working under the banner of "minimalism", in all its many guises. This has led to a regular and highly successful mix slot on the Garden of Earthly Delights radio show in the UK, and guest appearances on Resonance FM (frequenzen show). We now aim to extend the remit of the mix slots by reviewing (as often as possible) material that encapsulates and crystallises the minimalist ethic, and hopefully we'll be leading artists and audiences alike towards a deeper appreciation of this and other marginalised genres. I welcome your comments, and criticisms, and would love to hear from labels and artists who would like their work showcased on the show, or reviewed here. We regret that due to time constraints, we cannot review everything that is sent to us, but will endeavour to give exceptional work an "honourable mention" at the very least, and links to quality sites that we think worthy of mentioning. I am trying to support labels and artists as much as possible by promoting their work, not least because I am a stereotypical "struggling artist" myself, but also because there are so few younger artists entering this particular scene, and there is a danger of it becoming the sole domain of a handful of forty somethings who really ought to be doing something better with their time! Having worked for most of the more reputable underground magazines in the early 90's, I was never afforded the luxury of taking time and care over reviews, as deadlines and column space were always hanging like the sword of Damocles over me. With WHITE_LINE, I have the luxury of being able to review when I have time, and I am receptive to a particular mood, and hopefully this will reflect in the quality and length of some of the reviews. If you like what you see, please link to me to encourage more traffic through the site, and cross promote whatever is happening out there. Address for promotional material: 45 Drovers Walk Spring Park, Kingsthorpe Northampton NN2 8BB UK

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