Orchestramaxfieldparrish – The Silent Breath of Emptiness CD- Faith Strange


This five tracker is culled from an improvisational session at the Luna County Observatory in December 2006, and as such stands as a document of a unique performance by OrchestraMaxfield Parrish. I know nothing of this group, but the elegantly executed digipak cover with rural photography that echoes the work of Jon Wozencroft on Touch gives some small indication of the contents within.Essentially, this is a convincing dronescape, that swirls and evaporates around heavily reverbed strings and guitars, a series of gently unwinding pieces permeated with an air of unthreatening darkness and melancholy. The strings pieces are underpinned by shimmering and repetitive sampling, creating endless loops and whorls that cascade into infinity.

The sleeve notes proudly announce that there are no added overdubs, and as such, “The Silent Breath of Emptiness” stands as it is, un-edited and slightly tainted in places, some of the richness of the work is lost as a result.

As with all improvisation, there are minute hiccups and breaches, but nothing that detracts from the general swell and flow of the pieces, and one imagines being set adrift and immersed in a sea of tones and cycles, that are at once compelling and calming. We are rewarded in the final track, with an uninterrupted rendering of the piece in 24 bit audiophile audio. Encompassing everything from Robert Fripp to Thomas Koner, this an aural delight.

Very nice indeed. BGN


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