Clinker – On the Other Side..(for L Cohen) – CD – Dragon’s Eye

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



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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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