Duncan o’Ceallaigh`-Ecclesia Semper Reformanda – 8cm CD – Parvoart



I had just finished listening to Alva Noto’s excellent “Xerrox” release on Raster Noton, when I plucked this little 4 track gem out of it’s cover and placed it in my CD player. Imagine my surprise then, at the strange correspondences between the two releases..from the elegantly paced, and lilting geometry of O’Ceallaigh’s “Ecclesia Semper Reformanda”, to the visceral, needle-sharp textural backing and finely sketched, loopy washes skittering in the background, this 20 minute mini disc would not be out of place next to the great Mr Noto in any collection. Some of the looping is a little skewed, but as with any release of this kind, it only adds charm and character. The second piece, “Spatial” is a blurry, soft focus blend of tones, that segues neatly into “Steel String + Static”,and closing piece “Perpetuum Mobile” a highly reduced piece of atmospherica, that shifts perspective, dripping in warmth and light, peppered with tonal presences and shimmering sampling. A very nice piece of work indeed, a worthy release, and a label that deserves your attention. Go buy.BGN


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