I must apologise now for my complete ignorance of the musician, Joe Grimm, aka Wind Up Bird, but that does not detract in the least from the wonder of this treasure of a recording, Brain Cloud on Japanese minimalist label, Spekk.
Grimm’s luminous, tidal swells gesture towards the interplay of tones and overtones, utilising harmonics as the source and structural framework on which each sequence builds and cascades. At times the pieces peak around dissonance and dischord, forcing and fusing tonal elementals together, sparking new life, vigorous and energetic swells that at first appear simplistic, but on closer scrutiny are comprised of assemblages of various instruments, mainly harpsichords and maybe strings, all apparently playing with and against each other, enlivened and vivified within gorgeous cacophonies. These apparently serialist pieces remind me of Herve Boghossian’s “Mouvements” works for raster noton a few years back, each segment building around common elements, but within that, a lively, constantly shifting refrain, buried deep within textural ambiences. This is quite extraordinary, and very hypnotic and, dare I say..transcendental, purity driven to extremity. A minor masterpiece. BGN