Dragon’s eye have just resurfaced on my radar after my brief hiatus from reviewing, and this release is typical of the label’s most recent output. Clinker have presented what amounts to a drone work, a kind of audible still life that takes as it’s source the voice and vocalisations of Leonard Cohen. Originally commissioned as a live cinema performance for the Leonard Cohen International festival in Edmonton, Canada.
Cohen’s voice, renowned for its resonant, reverberant tonality, becomes the impetus for a prolonged piece. Clinker’s technique stems from an interest in meditative spaces, and the kinesthetic and synesthetic effects of sound and tonalism. What we have here is a long form drone piece, with Cohen’s vocalisations time stretched and distorted..spun out into a continuous wave form, a strand that becomes the basis on which Clinker builds his sound, with other complimentary tones and drone passages.
Over the 42 minutes, as with most drone pieces, one is lulled into a kind of sublime otherworldy space, where time and matter lose their significance, and we are placed into suspended animation, cast adrift in a flood of tidal drones, ebbing and flowing, and coaxing us into an altogether more spiritual plane. For hard core drone fanatics, this will be another treasure to add to your collection. Capably handled, and well worth a listen. BGN