02. From a Window
04. St. James Gate
05. Red State Transmission
06. Where All Roads End
”Mercury” started in collaborative sessions between Kurt Doles and myself back in Champaign in 1998… that’s when we cut the title track, and also “St. James Gate”. The rest, however, was done in autumn, 2004, out here in the country. In between the two, Kurt and I have had a lot of discussions about what we would like to see going on in ambient music and also New Music in general, and these sort of got distilled down into the other tracks. We used the 1998 tracks as a ‘start-point’, and then extended outward from there via those ideas that came up between 1998 and 2004. Another thing that was fairly critical in the thought behind the album, I think, was a long drive Kurt and I took in the summer of 2003 from Eugene, OR (where Kurt lives) to Los Angeles and back to work on a chamber music album of his works for Cold Blue Music. Lots of discussion, ideas, and such came out of that, plus the musical ‘diet’ we had certainly had some effects…everything from Arvo Pärt to Porter Waggoner, really, just a huge hodgepodge of music tailored for long-haul driving of that sort. I think you certainly hear remnants of that in “Mercury”…the seaside ambience of “Where All Roads End” seems to recall the greyish day-off during those sessions that we spent prowling around Venice and Santa Monica (which is, of course, where Route 66 ends), the constant sequencer drone and radio scramblage in “Red State Transmission” is sort of reminiscent of driving across the more desolate parts of the San Joaquin Valley, and so on. Also, we wanted to do something a bit more varied than the first duo release we’d done, which had two 9 minute-ish pieces and then the 45 minutes of the quite static/contemplative “Rain Temple Garden”…there was definitely a conscious idea to ‘mix it up’ a bit more this time out. (DAC Crowell)
FR Et on revient aux fondamentaux, voire aux fondations puisque d’autres titres de DAC Crowell sur Suilven avaient été postés aux premiers jours de ce blog. Inutile donc de rappeler encore une fois que j’ai un gros coup de coeur pour les productions ambient de ce label, saluées par The Wire en leur temps et discrètement oubliées depuis. Composé de six titres, cet album est plus varié que les précédents, un peu plus sombre aussi parfois. Avis aux amateurs (et aux autres), comme on dit.
ENG More beautiful ambient from DAC Crowell and Kurt Doles on the endlessly highly recommended Suilven label (yes, you know how much I love this label). More varied, sometimes a bit darker than the other albums previously posted here (no one-hour-long-single-piece this time), and this is great, of course.