Lissom – A Nest of Iterations – CD – Dragon’s Eye

 

This debut from Lissom (Multi-Media artist, Tana Sprague) is one of those recordings that actively resists any one convenient tag or pigeon hole. Evolving from a series of layered and recursive elements (hence the title), ranging from field recording to acoustic, to purely synthesised segments, Lissom creates the conditions for a truly emergent audible structure. The image of a bee-hive on the cover at first had me confounded, and not quite making the connection between the title and it’s meaning until I listened further. It became apparent that this is the perfect corrolary of the music contained within, a synergetic merging of the organic and the synthetic, the minimal and iterative in one remarkable release.

Lissom’s soundscapings are restless, uneasy structures that fluctuate between micro-minimalist interventions and complex, near dissonant frequencies; a tense and effortlessly immersive listening experience that draws the auditor in with each subsequent piece. For want of a near-comparison, I suppose Lissom occupies a space that is currently inhabited by Rapoon, although her work is far more complex and less tangibly influenced by the cultural or religious inferences of Robin Storey. Technically, this is a sublime work that is sonically about as sharply focussed as it gets, leaving no space for chance or error, one gets the impression that Ms Sprague has made this work a labour of love. Highly recommended. 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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